Because You Belong to God
“He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.” (John 8:47, NIV)
Research shows both animal and human newborns are able to recognize and connect to the smell, face and voice (sound) of their mothers soon after birth. In the animal kingdom, the bond occurs often within minutes. For humans, recognition occurs within days of birth. This connection or bond is vital for survival and a critical ingredient for a healthy and normal life.
In the verse above, Jesus refers to the unique bond and connection that all Christians have with God – our ability to hear God’s voice. We know from Scripture that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.
As a Christian, it is comforting to know that since we hear God’s voice we belong to God. We are God’s children, chosen and called ones. We hear His voice because He called us into relationship and shared His Word with us. The more time you spend with God, the more you will begin to recognize His voice and understand the words that He speaks to you. Whenever I meet a Christian who says, “I just don’t hear God’s voice, He never speaks to me,” I know I am talking to a spiritual infant. Like any newborn, their senses need to be developed. I encourage them to spend time alone with God in prayer and in His Word every day. I assure them that in time they, too, will be able to recognize God. As His child, they will recognize His face, smile, and voice (instruction, correction, approval, expressions of love and compassion).
Child of God, I encourage you to commit today to spend time with your Heavenly Father. Hang out and talk with Him. Give Him your undivided attention. Turn your face toward Him and set your eyes on Him. Commit to hear what He says to you – it will change your life!
Lord, thank you for calling me into relationship. My connection to you is all I need. Your Word and your voice sustain me and give me life. Teach me to be still and to focus on you so that I may hear you clearly at all times. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.