Grace and peace be unto you.
Word of Encouragement…
The story is told about the man of God who disobeyed God and died. Reportedly, God told him that he must not eat bread or drink water or return by the way he came. And so, he travelled from Bethel to Judah to do God’s assignment. He completed the assignment and started the journey back to Bethel. He sat under an oak tree and was approached by an old prophet. The prophet told him that the angel of the Lord spoke to him, and instructed him to bring him to his house, so that he may eat bread and drink water. The man of God did not consult with God, instead he believed the old prophet and went to his house. It so happened that while they were sitting at the table, a Word came from the Lord for the Man of God. The Lord said that he had disobeyed Him, and ate and drank in the place that he should not, hence his body would not be buried in the tomb of his ancestors. After the man of God was finished eating and drinking, he left to go home and was killed by a lion on the way (1 Kings 13: 8-30). Whose voice do you obey?
The voices that we hear
God works through people to accomplish His purpose. Likewise, Satan works through people to fulfil his plan. The Bible says, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). There are three voices that speak to us. They are God’s, ours, and Satan’s. Satan uses influential people such as pastors, our parents, or friends to deceive us because we trust them. His instructions are contrary to God’s directives. For example, God told the man of God not to eat or drink in the place, and Satan spoke through the old prophet and told him the opposite.
Effect of Disobedience
God speaks to us frequently through His Word. Sometimes we listen to our voice and disobey Him, while at other times, we listen to people and disobey. He is displeased when we disobey Him because it shows a lack of respect and trust. Our disobedience also indicates that we will be hurt; disobeying God results in consequences.
Identifying God’s Voice
You might have pondered the question, how do I identify God’s voice? God’s instructions are consistent with Scripture. He never speaks against His Word. Furthermore, the Bible says, “For God is not a God of confusion but of peace” (1 Corinthians 14:33). Hence, He will not give you an instruction and then send a messenger to you with conflicting instruction. God desires that we know His voice so that we will not be led astray. Most importantly, knowing His voice helps us to accomplish our purpose.
Most of us can identify our caregiver’s voice among thousands of other voices. Primarily because we spend time with them and know their voice. Likewise, when we spend time with Jesus, we learn to recognize his voice. He loves when we pray, worship, read and obey His Word, and fast.
Heavenly Father, I pray that we will spend more time in your presence so that we know your voice, in Jesus’s name, Amen.