He is personal.
He is near.
Some theology is just made to be painfully simple. As deep a study as the voice of the Lord can be, it can also be explained simply yet carry a profound truth.
Before I received the Lord in my life at the age of 16, I understood that there was a God somewhere…up there. I knew that He was supreme but I never thought that He wanted to talk with a 16 year old kid. But He did. I found that out for myself.
Let me assure you, when you feel that no one else wants to give you the time of day, Jesus has “all day”. It’s not like God isn’t busy but He is God, He dwells outside of time. He as all the time in the world for you and then some.
I don’t know how that makes you feel but this is a major honor that is bestowed on every believer. Think about it, you have a captive, one on one, audience with the Eternal God. We would be thrilled to just spend 1 hour with one of our earthly heroes yet we have the opportunity to be in the presence of the Endless One at any time.
But how do we talk with God? How do we communicate with Him? Even more thought-provoking is how does He communicate with us?
Let’s take a look at this verse.
John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
The word “voice” in the original greek language is “phone”. Obviously, Jesus did not have a phone as we know it but we have taken this greek word “phone” and applied it to a device that enables us to communicate and share our “voice” with others. That’s the point here. So let’s just plug the word “phone” in the verse and have fun with it.
Here is how it would read,
“My sheep hear my “phone”, I know them and they follow me.”
We can also add this.
“My sheep are picking up the phone that is always ringing consistently. They answer. They want to hear my voice. We talk. There’s a conversation we enjoy having. My voice is being heard and I hear theirs. I know them and they know me. As a result, we are joined together. They follow me and I lead them.”
That’s called building a solid friendship. Being deeply connected.
Jesus made the connection possible and paid for the cost for the “phone” plan, it’s called the Cross. There are no additional costs for the minutes, no roll over fees and the contract never expires. It even has FaceTime so you can talk face to face.
He looks forward in talking with you. He anticipates the conversation. He wants to hear your voice. He wants to be your Friend not just your Savior.
He is the supreme God. He is completely holy and righteous, yet He is personal, perfect in love and fully devoted to your success. He is the ultimate Counselor, Teacher and Miracle Worker. He is both Wisdom and Truth, Friend and Father.
Today, I would urge you to pick up the phone and connect with the Lord. He’s waiting.
Your Turn: What makes hearing the voice of God difficult for people?