Obeying God's Voice

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The Bible makes no distinction between hearing and obeying God's voice. Hearing Him is the first step, but hearing requires us to obey. The writer of Hebrews warns us to not harden our hearts if today we hear God's voice (Heb. 3:15). There is no rest or peace in disobedience to His voice. When we harden our hearts to His voice, we reject the life that He is offering. I like to think of these times of obedience as continual alignment of my life with God's Word. As the Holy Spirit speaks we obey by yielding our will to His. Obedience brings transformation which makes us more and more like Christ. Doesn't a student who continues to yield themselves to the process of learning soon experiences changes in their thinking and behavior as a result? So a disciple (a learner) becomes more and more like the Master as they yield to His teaching.

God's Word and His voice cannot be separated. God's voice, the work of the Holy Spirit, and the Biblical message all find unity in one voice. The Teacher's Commentary says "It is clear that God’s voice is heard in the flow of the Bible message. But that flow is not itself God’s voice. God’s voice speaks to us through the understanding we gain from grasping what the Scriptures teach."[1] The Holy Spirit brings the understanding of God's Word and works to apply it to each one personally.

If we seek to hear and obey God voice the Holy Spirit will bring understanding and transformation to our lives. God will be faithful to His Word.

1. Richards, L., & Richards, L. O. (1987). The teacher’s commentary (997). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

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