In youth group we played a game call “Oink Who?” The kids get in a circle and the kid in the middle spins while blindfolded and points to a person in the circle not knowing who the person is. The person then points to them says, “OINK” and they have to guess who it is. If they guess correctly the player continues, if they don’t guess correctly they turn it over and someone from the group will get a turn. As we played this game, it reminded me of a question. When we try to go through life blindfolded what voice are we recognizing? Is it Jesus’ voice?
When I first gave my life completely over to Jesus in my twenties, I was ravenous for anything I could learn about Him and would read my Bible for hours and hours. In addition to reading the Bible, I also tried different ways to pray. As I made more Christian friends they would say these things like, “I had a word from the Lord,” or “God has been speaking to me.” And that seemed kinda strange. I got the “read, study and apply” method, but I didn’t get what “hearing from God” was all about. How would I know if it was me or Him? What if I got it wrong and then it got me into trouble? Even deeper than that, did I really believe that God was actually here with me?
I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me — just as the Father knows me and I know the Father — and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. John 10: 14-16
We have to be careful to not rely on feelings to know what is from God and what is not from Him. God does not contradict Himself. The more we get to know Him through His Word and Holy Spirit, the more we will recognize His voice and have discernment.
I learned that HE had different ideas than I did about my life. I grew in my faith and strength because I wasn’t alone anymore. When HE is constantly faithful to talk to me when I listen to him, it grows my confidence in what we are doing together, and gives me a new boldness with others. I am devoted and passionate about helping people (especially Middle and High Schoolers) live a life that is living and breathing Jesus.