It is absolutely essential in the Christian life that we know the Lord’s voice and are certain that He is the one leading us. Everyone is so busy these days and we have so many ‘time-saving devices’ or, at least, that is what we are told. Television brings the news instantly, automobiles and airplanes are so fast and convenient for travel and phones and pagers save even all that travel time. So, why are we so busy, having saved all that time? We are so busy that we don’t have time to spend alone with the Lord, we go to church on Sunday and maybe Wednesday to learn what the preacher says and call that good enough. We are just very busy! And the more devices we get the harder we work to maintain and pay for them and the busier we get.

 

This is all diametrically opposed to the way the Lord speaks and leads us in our Christian walk of life. First we must position ourselves alone with God. No one else can provide us with heavenly guidance except Him, not the preacher, friends, family or highly respected person. “You need not that any man teach you” (1 John 2:27) except the Holy Spirit. Second, you must read His word and “meditate therein day and night” (Joshua 1:8). That is, His word must be with you and in the back of your mind always. Third, You must pray “without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) or put another way, be in His presence continually. Fourth, we must WAIT for confirmation from Him (perhaps a door opens) before we proceed and this is where mistakes are made. So often we have an impression and immediately take action and mistakes are made. Then we wonder how anyone can know the voice of God. We thought we were doing His will. David said, “I wait on you all the day”. This is the most difficult part of the process of knowing His will. Sometimes it can take a long time but we must wait. In fact, if what we heard from the Lord is correct “He will bring it to pass” and we may not have to do anything.

 

The question really boils down to ‘how bad we want His will’. Do we want it bad enough to read, meditate, pray and wait, and then wait some more? If you push out the world, “Your ears shall hear a word behind you saying, This is the way, walk in it” (Isaiah 30: 21).

 

Ever present, truest friend,

Ever near thy aid to lend,

Leave us not to doubt and fear,

Groping on in darkness drear.

Whisper softly, “Wan-d’rer, come!

Follow Me, I’ll guide thee home” . . . (Holy Spirit, Faithful Guide)