The “Closer” Challenge (Week One – Wednesday)

CLOSER Challenge
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Week One – Wednesday

“Hearing Is Believing”

I know, I know, that’s not how the saying goes. Seeing is believing, at least that’s what they say. Yet we live in a culture that follows anything that remotely sounds good without proof of concept. People drift from one thing to another as long as it fits in line with what they believe. It doesn’t even have to make sense, just make sure it fits the agenda of the day and people will jump on the proverbial bandwagon.

I see people (Even Christians) making life choices based on some guy selling snake oil just because he’s in a suit and on a halfway reputable news station. It’s insane! Yet we struggle to follow the Word of God because it doesn’t always make sense. Newsflash! God often does things through methods that don’t make sense.

In today’s reading, Jesus makes the statement “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” Not only should we know His voice, but when we hear Him, we should follow Him. Why? Because His sheep know that the good Shepherd is always working on behalf of His sheep. People who know Jesus can trust Him. They know that even in correction, it’s done out of love and grace.

Hearing God’s voice means nothing if His words aren’t applied. In Matthew 7:24, Jesus says, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice, is like a wise man who builds his house on rock.” Acting upon His word gives us a stable foundation for every other part of our lives.

Why is it we struggle so much with just following His voice? There are probably several correct answers here, but the biggest reason is most likely that we worry if it’s His voice we hear. With so many other voices speaking, it can be hard to know which one is the right one. That’s why this week’s challenge is so important. My hope is that if you have embraced the challenge, you will find yourself more connected not only with God but even those around you.

So how can we be sure we are hearing from God? God will not say something that doesn’t agree with His word. If what you’re hearing doesn’t line up with what the Word says, it’s not Him. Knowing what I’m hearing is in line with God’s word helps me have the confidence to move forward. So test it for yourself, and if it’s Him, then have the faith to take Him at His word. When we know HIs voice, hearing is believing.

Today’s Reading

John 10:1-42

Today’s Prayer

Father, I know that your voice is always loving and kind, even in correction. Help me to learn to trust in what you speak and not get distracted by the other voices in my life. Help me to listen for you rather then trying to hear only what I want. Thank you, that as the Good Shepherd, you are always for me. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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