While skiing in Colorado. I noticed on the slopes some people wearing red vests. On getting closer, I was able to read the words on them: BLIND SKIER.
This both gripped and puzzled me. I had a hard enough time skiing with two good eyes – and here were people with no eyesight skiing successfully. How did they do it? I had to find out!
The answer was that each one had a guide whose instructions the skier trusted totally, a guide who gave simple, specific instructions and directions. The guide skied beside, behind, or in front of the blind person-but always in a place where they could communicate with each other. I found out that there were two basic forms of communication the guide used: the tapping together of ski poles to assure the blind person that the guide was there; and the speaking of simple instructions about what to do next. “Go right. Turn left. Stop. Slow. Skier coming up on your right.” The only responsibility of the blind skier was to exhibit complete trust and immediate obedience to instructions.
Life is much like skiing downhill blind. We cannot see even five seconds into the future. We cannot see the struggles and tears to come-or all the other “skiers” who might run into us or we into them.
But God has given us the Holy Spirit to be our Guide through life. To walk with us and talk with us. Our only responsibility is to listen and obey. Before we can obey, we must listen. To listen, we need to know the voice of God. (Excerpt from Hearing God, by Peter Lord, Baker Books 1996)
We need to know the voice of God and John 10 tells us that we can do just that.
…the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. (John 10:3, KJV)
…the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. (John 10:4, KJV)
Many years ago I heard Pat Robertson explain how he knew the voice of God and I have remembered his response to this day. He said that when he picks up the phone and hears his wife’s voice on the other end, he doesn’t have to ask who it is. He knows it’s her, because he recognizes her voice. And he said he recognizes her voice because he talks with her everyday.
Over the next few days I want to talk about recognizing the voice of God. He wants to be your Guide through life. Life doesn’t have to just happen to you. You can train your ear to recognize His voice and He will lead you and guide you. Jesus tells us in John 10:10 (Amplified) what kind of life we will have if we follow His lead.
The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).
Are you enjoying life? Are you listening for His voice and quick to obey His instructions? He has good plans for you and He will lead you to them if you will just follow Him (see Jeremiah 29:11).
The first and foremost place you are going to hear His voice is in His scriptures, the Bible. Spend time everyday reading His word and listening for His instruction to you through those words and be quick to obey.
The more you respond to His voice in the scriptures, the more you will train your ear to recognize His voice. He will never tell you anything different from what He has already said in His word.