God sends a lot of people across my path and one thing I hear myself saying to all of them is: “Despite what your head is telling you, listen to your heart. God will always lead you in peace.” [click to tweet]
Hearing God’s voice is the key to finding your way through a noisy world. In other words, there are thousands of other voices you could follow, but there’s only One that should have a gateway to your heart. Jesus described this in comparison to a Shepherd. He said, “When he has brought his own sheep outside, he walks on before them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice” (John 10:4).
In a noisy world, there’s only one voice you need to follow, and that is Jesus.
Remember when the disciples were on the boat while Jesus went to pray? The Bible says in the middle of the night the winds rose up and began to toss the boat on the waves. Instead of sleeping, the disciples were up watching the storm and saw what they thought was a ghost walking on the water.
But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid” (Matthew 14:27). I’m positive the disciples still couldn’t see Jesus in the storm, yet His voice comforted them momentarily.
When I was in Honduras on our mission trip, our team got caught outside in a storm. As we tried to make our way to some covered bleachers, I couldn’t even blink the rain away from my eyes to see because it was coming down so hard. But I recognized the voices of my team members and was able to make my way toward them.
In the same way, the disciples heard the voice of their Shepherd, although they couldn’t see Him yet. So Peter called out and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water!” Jesus simply said, “Come.”
The waves were beating, the rain was pouring, the disciples were astonished and in somewhat of a panic, so this is not a quiet, serene scene. It’s noisy. But Peter stepped out anyway.
Not because he was following a command, but because he recognized the VOICE.
There will always be people and things clammering for your attention.
Some days less than others, but regardless of the amount or the height of the noise, listen to your heart– that’s where the peace lies.
Your head will always be full of questions.
And this is why we can’t fully rely on finding the right path if we only “reason” it out. Questions can lead to doubt, but “peace that passes your understanding [and intellect] will guard your heart and mind” (Philippians 4:7).
You’ll miss His voice if you never spend time in His Word.
I have certain friends and family that I recognize over the phone by the first word they say. This is because I’ve spent time with them. I know their voice. In the same way, I know God’s leading because I know God’s Word.
Learn to listen with your heart, not your ears.
As much as we’d love for God to lead us through signs, phone calls, footprints on the ground, or a special messenger saying, “This way…” –that’s probably not going to happen. His home is in our heart. And when He speaks, we should follow the leading of our heart, not necessarily our head.
The bottom line is: the noise of this world isn’t going to get any less. So learn to follow the only One who can lead you successfully through.
“Righteousness shall go before Him, and shall make His footsteps our pathway” (Psalm 85:13).
Question: Which are you more likely to follow? A command or the voice of the one giving it? [answer in the comments]