Knowing the voice of God: Is it possible to know when God is speaking or when it’s the enemy?
1 Kings 3 & 4
1 Kings 3 & 4:
Do you need wisdom?
In chapter 3, God appears to Solomon in a dream and gives him a blank check to request anything he wants. Instead of wealth, or fame, or any material blessing, Solomon asks for wisdom to rule the kingdom.
God still invites us to ask for wisdom and gives it freely to those who do.
James 1.5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”
Loaded with blessings
Verse 19, “Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits, The God of our salvation! Selah.”
Even when we encounter tests and trials, they are always mixed with God’s blessings, if we will but look for them.
How the wise respond to correction
Verse 10, “Rebuke is more effective for a wise man than a hundred blows on a fool.”
When a wise man is rebuked he takes it to heart (it goes deep) and he responds quickly, unlike the fool who has to be beaten over and over before he gets it.
How to know God’s voice
Here in chapter 10, Jesus said of Himself, “I am the Good Shepherd” (v. 11). In verse 4 He said, “And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.”
As we follow Christ, reading His Word and obeying His commandments we grow in our ability to “know His voice” and to recognize the voice of a stranger (Satan, v. 5)—that is, we become more and more discerning about the truth.
A year or two ago there was another “false prophecy” about the world coming to an end on a certain date. Those who knew His voice didn’t give it a second thought. But when we don’t know the voice of our Shepherd, we will fall for anything!
Knowing the Bible isn’t enough though, we must also “follow” the truth that we know. Knowledge without doing doesn’t bring discernment, it brings delusion (Jas. 1.22).
James 1.22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.
What about you? Questions to ponder or journal:
Do you remember to ask God for His wisdom when you’re faced with decisions?
Do you know God’s voice or do you ever wonder if it’s the devil trying to get you off track? Is there some area where you have refused to follow Him? Some area where you are a hearer and not a doer of the Word? If so, repent, ask God to forgive you, and begin obeying Him.
Have a great day in the Lord as you follow Him!
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