“Hear [God] earnestly, … to know the meaning of what He says, …bowing your understanding to it, longing to comprehend it, desirous to be influenced by it. ‘Hear His voice’—that is, hear it obediently… Retain the Word in your memories and, better still, practice it in your lives. To hear in this case is, in fact, to yield yourselves to the will of God, to let yourselves be as the elastic clay and His Word as the hand which molds you, or your tears as the molten metal and the Word as the mold into which you are delivered.” ~C.H. Spurgeon
“The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice (John 10:2-5).”
“When you are in tribulation, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, you will return to the LORD your God and obey his voice (Deuteronomy 4:30).”
“Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God (John 8:47).”
“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts (Hebrews 3:15)…”
Lord, I pray for those that do not know you and cannot hear your voice. I pray that you open their hearts and minds like only you can do (Ezekiel 36:26-27; John 15:5). When trials and tribulations hit, let those seasons of life not harden our hearts but draw us near to you. In Jesus name, Amen!