Also, will God give us wisdom when we ask? And with whom is a wise rebuke effective?
1 Kings 3 & 4
Knowing the Voice of God
Knowing the voice of God
Here in chapter 10, Jesus said of Himself, “I am the Good Shepherd” (v. 11) and 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, by 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). We become more and more discerning about the truth and God’s wisdom and recognize the enemy’s lies.
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.
So How Can We Know if We Are Hearing from God?
Go to the Bible. What does God say about it in His Word? God will not lead us contrary to His written Word (Tit. 1.2).
God will sometimes speak truth to us through sermons and other teachings, through our consciences, through people, and even through circumstances. But if it is Him, it will not contradict His written Word.
Today’s Other Readings:
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.