“They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.” John 10:5
One of the most important aspects of becoming a Christian is recognizing God’s Voice. Can you recall a situation in which you had a strong desire for something, and then when you received it, the results were disastrous? You were probably disappointed and wondered why God allowed the blessing to lead to a negative outcome.
Last year, I applied for a position as Branch Director and during the interview there was a conflict between the two Executive Directors on the methods for achieving the organizational goals. God allowed a “Red Flag” situation to occur because I had previously ignored a warning by “a messenger” on the drawbacks of the position. The individual relayed that the responsibilites involved compromise which would lead to an environment of high pressure and daily stress.
Needless to say, I ignored all warnings, and accepted the position. Within two months of daily tele-conference meetings from both Directors, expecting me to do the impossible, I became discouraged. I began to doubt my qualifications as I evaluated and re-evaluated the strategic plan for the Branch Office. I continued to pray for God’s divine intervention to reach our weekly goals.
Even in my willful disobedience, God was merciful and used one of my employee’s who had longevity with the company and had relocated from another branch office, to explain that this particular office had five individuals to resign as Branch Director within the past year. As the history of the Branch Office unfolded, I recalled God’s answer: “No, my child, this is not the job that I have given to you.”
When I reflected on my previous blessings, I knew that God’s plan is always perfect and ends in Victory. There are no Red Flags, because God can never fail. I resigned from the position, and then God began to reveal His plan for my life.
One year later, God’s mercy was still evident when He allowed me to see the employee who provided me with the grim history, and she relayed that the Branch Office was closing due to ongoing financial failure.
Praying, waiting, and listening with spiritual ears for God’s Voice are required when we are in the Valley of Decision.
The Word of God is our roadmap to guide us, on what we have to do, in order to hear God’s Voice.
As I continue to surrender my will to God, my spiritual ears are becoming fine-tuned to hear “His Still, Small Voice.”
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28 NLT
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” Isaiah 55:8 NLT
Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord. Psalm 27:14 NLT
Challenge for today: Pray and wait on the Lord.
Prayer for today: Dear God, We have not waited to hear your Voice, which leads us according to your will and plan for our lives. We ask you to forgive us for the many times that we have listened to our own voice. Please lead us to victory. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen!
Sonya Johnson Ruiz