“The sheep follow him because they recognize his voice” (John 10:4).
My friend, Pastor James Richardson, now in Heaven, told me his granddaughter Leanne, perhaps six or eight years old, put a great theological question to him. “Papa,” she said, “How do I know when it’s God speaking to me and when it’s just me speaking to myself?”
James said, “Honey, that’s one of the hardest questions you’ll ever face in this life!”
The problem, says another friend, is that the Lord’s voice sounds a lot like mine.
Maybe for him. Not for me.
In my experience, God has a tendency to say things I had never thought of, revealing insights new to me, calling me to tasks outside my comfort zone. Not once has He asked if i would “like” to do something or “find something convenient.”. He commands; I obey. It’s what servants do. His way is hardly the obvious, rarely the easiest and never the smoothest, but always the wisest and smartest. My constant prayer is “Not my will but Thine be done.”
I wrote that on Facebook one night. Then, next morning while on my pre-dawn walk, the Lord called it to my mind.