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Draw Near and Hear

“Mom!” One big shout from one small voice was all it took to stop Peggy in her tracks. Returning from Hawaii, the two of us had landed in San Francisco, and waiting for us somewhere in the baggage claim area would be our four-year-old son Matthew and his aunt and uncle who had cared for him during our trip. There were many women in that bustling place, but at the sound of “Mom,” only Peggy stopped and spun around, for she knew the voice that called to her. Throughout his entire young lifetime, she had poured herself into him—engaging him where he was, guiding his growth along the way, and cherishing his presence all the while—how could she not know his voice? And why, for that matter, would he not excitedly call out to her in a crowd? They shared the strong bonds of closest relationship.

Occasionally we wonder, “How do I hear the Spirit’s voice; how do I discern His leading?” It is an important question and an optimistic one, a tacit confession that the Holy Spirit does, in fact, speak to us and that it is possible for us to hear Him. He engages us in several ways, yet hearing God and knowing His voice begins with relationship. “Come near to God and he will come near to you,”1 wrote James, the Lord’s brother. This is our confident hope found also in the letter to the Hebrews: “Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.”2 Indeed, it was God himself who initiated union with us, and at great cost, “For Christ . . . suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.”3

Then as we draw near to God—and He to us—we grow in relationship with Him. Through His Word before us and His constant presence inside us, we come to recognize His voice and to distinguish it from all others. In honest and open conversation with God, we discover His marvelous character and come to relinquish our ways for His. Hearing God is a matter of faith—“the assurance about what we do not see”4—and in the coming weeks, we will explore it as part of our faith focus. It begins here: God knows our voice, and we will recognize His, too, as we draw near to Him.

The Lord hears when I call to Him. Psalm 4:3
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27

Father, why wouldn’t I draw near to You? You are my Father, You love me, and You know my voice. I choose to draw near to You in faith, knowing I will hear Yours, too. In Christ I pray. Amen.

1 James 4:18
2 Hebrews 10:22
3 1 Peter 3:18
4 Hebrews 11:1

2 replies on “Draw Near and Hear”

I needed this. I could visualize Peggy and her son as I often visualize God and his son, Jesus. Always near no matter the space. A very meaningful message for me. I will share this with my Womens Fellowship group. Blessings.

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