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A Christian scholar has this to say about responding to God's voice, “What a mistake to imagine thaty hearing first one preacher and then another we can derive benefit to our souls. More is wanted thansuch hearing. A raven may fly from cage to cage, but it is not thereby changed into a dove. Go fromroom to room of the royal feast and the sight of the tables will never relieve your hunger. The mainthing is to have a hold of the truth personally and inwardly. If you don't see to this you will die in yoursins even if ten thousands voices direct you to the way of salvation. It is a pity that the bulk of hearersare hearers only. They are no more likely to go to Heaven, than the seats they sit on in the assembly ofthe saints”.

 God's speaks with a purpose. When he spoke to Abraham in Genesis chapter 12, hispurpose was to build a nation that would worship him. Looking at the life of Abraham, we learn a fewthings on what it means to respond to God's voice or call.

Firstly, responding to God's voice cost something. In this exercise there are enemies to be overcome,battles to be fought, sacrifices to be made, an Egypt to be forsaken, a wilderness to be passed through,a cross to be carried and a race to be run. God's call to Abraham was very definite and unambiguous butnot easy to carry out. To follow God's leading, Abraham was to leave his country, leave his family,leave his roots and begin a fresh at the age of 75 years.

Secondly, responding to God's voice is a faith venture. Usually when God calls us to follow him, hedoes not provide all the details. This is because he wants us to trust him fully. Abraham did not knowwhere he was going but one thing was clear to him, he knew who he was going with. He knew God waswith him on his journey and that's all he needed to succeed. Philip was willing to leave Samaria wherehe was known as a great speaker in order to help one man in the desert who needed the Lord (Acts8:26-40). Had he delayed, probably the Ethiopian eunuch would be wasting in hell.

Thirdly, responding to God's voice calls for humility. For Abraham, it must have been extremely hardto make such a move at the age of 75 years. For some of us, moving to another house is never easy letalone leaving the security of your birthplace. Giving up his settled lifestyle in the city of Ur to be awandering nomad and living in tents was not a walk in the park for Abraham but he dared to bedifferent.

It is vital that every Christian knows the voice of God in a real and in a personal way. Three timesSamuel heard the voice of God which he mistook as being the voice of Eli (1 Samuel 3). He walkedthrough the temple to where Eli was and woke him up. He did not lie in bed praying about it, he knewhe had heard a voice and needed to respond in a practical way. Abraham in his old age was set andwilling to begin a new life. Let me submit to us that it is never too late to start a new life. We must bewilling to hear God's voice and respond irrespective of our age and upbringing. When Philip heard thevoice of God, he did not question, wait or even find excuses. He ran towards the open door, embracedthe opportunity and gladly connected a seeker to God's grace. Be open to what God has been speakingto you or is speaking to you now even if it appears difficult or does not make “sense”, as God will neverask you to do something that he is not ready to provide the means.


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