Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21 (NIV)
Yesterday was Scott’s turn to teach our adult Sunday school class. The topic from the Believe series was Peaceful. The lesson was structured around three points: peace with God, peace with others, and peace within ourselves. As he addressed the foundational issue, peace with God, Scott gave us a list that contrasted God’s voice and the voice of our arch-enemy, Satan.
|God’s Voice||Satan’s Voice|
We all have voices in our heads—sometimes they’re our own thoughts, and sometimes God is speaking to us. But often Satan injects thoughts that are destructive, negative, or in some way detrimental to our spiritual life. They rob us of our peace and produce distress in its stead.
My mom had an interesting method for identifying the voices in her head. She said, “Always listen to the pronouns. You can detect the source if the voice says, ‘He or him.’ God always say, ‘I.’”
Jesus told us that we will know his voice if we’re his sheep. I speak with my two grown children almost every day. Never do they call and identify themselves; they just begin the conversation as soon as I say hello. I know their voices, and they know mine. I’m convinced that frequent conversations with our Lord will make us more and more familiar with his voice, and we’ll at some time be able to recognize him the moment he speaks.
We have all these and many more wonderful tools for walking in peace with Jesus: discernment of the intent of the message, listening to the pronouns, and recognizing the voice. There’s no need for us to ever be in confusion.
Father, thank you for all the wonderful teachers you’ve given us to grow us in our relationship with you. Keep us in your peace as we listen to you and follow you. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.