Stop Ignoring The Voice Of God
When I call my children, I expect them to answer. I am annoyed when they ignore my voice. The other day I had a familiar situation play out in my home. I was calling a particular child, and she totally ignored me. She eventually answered the call but was upset because as she was doing what I was calling her to do, her siblings began playing a game and she could not join them. I explained to her that if she had come when I first called her, this situation would have been avoided. As I was scolding her, the Lord held the mirror up to me and I saw myself… AGAIN! He let me know I have been guilty of ignoring His voice. Sometimes I hear the “voice” of God, not His literal voice, but I sense He is calling me and telling me to do something. I have made the mistake of ignoring His voice if I feel what He is calling me to do is too hard or inconvenient and a disruption to my agenda. When I delay responding to the voice of God, frustration kicks in because ignoring His voice often creates self-inflicted delays in my life.
There are many examples of those who responded to the voice of God. The voice of God came and called Abraham away from what was familiar and asked Him to step into the unknown. That seemed scary. Abraham’s yes made Him a father of many nations. The voice of God came and asked Elijah to confront wicked Ahab, that was definitely uncomfortable and risky. Elijah’s yes lead the children of Israel to repent of their sins. The voice of God came and told Moses to go back to the very place he ran away from to save His life. That seemed unfair and irrational. Moses’ yes helped to deliver the children of Israel from Egyptian slavery. The voice of God came and called the disciples away from what they were used to. That was uncomfortable. The disciples’ yes made them fishers of men! Saying yes to God means saying no to something, but it is always the best option! Answering the voice of God is often inconvenient, but we should never put God on hold. When He calls, God requires immediate obedience. When God speaks, we should not ignore His voice, instead we should meet Him with an immediate, “YES!”
About the Author
Anika Jones is a speaker and author of the book Lessons Learned Along The Way: A 40 Day Devotional. She blogs about faith and family at LivingForLater.com and posts weekly videos on her YouTube channels, Living For Later (@livingforlater) and Living Life Now (@livinglifenow). Anika loves speaking about developing intimacy with God and understanding who we are in Christ. She serves alongside her husband in ministry. They live in Illinois with their 6 children.