Do you love to listen to the voice of Jesus? Do you listen to Him? Do you allow his voice to refresh you? To heal you? To strengthen you? Do you listen to him so that He can make you glad?
God gives us the command in the Bible to listen to Jesus –
Matthew 17:5 He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”
Thinking today of how and when I listen to Jesus, I found that I don’t listen often enough. I need to dedicate more of my time to listening. How do I do this?
Spend time with others who believe in God and His risen Son, Jesus Christ.
I also spent time with the hymn I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say. I need to make sure I am actually hearing that voice and not listening to the world, which strives so hard to drown Jesus’ voice out completely. Because Jesus tells us He can give us the water that will give life. Jesus gives us light and life and strength.
This also brought me to pull out the Acapella song Listen to Him. It plays through my head often, giving me that reminder that I need to listen to Jesus, seeking Him out so that I will be guided right.
I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
words: Horatius Bonar (1846)
music: Ludwig Spohr (1834)
1 I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“Come unto Me and rest;
Lay down, thou weary one, lay down
Thy head upon my breast.”
I came to Jesus as I was,
Weary and worn and sad;
I found in Him a resting place,
And He has made me glad.
2 I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“Behold, I freely give
Thy living water: thirsty one,
Stoop down, and drink, and live.”
I came to Jesus and I drank
Of that life-giving stream;
My thirst was quenched, my soul revived,
And now I live with Him.
3 I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“I am this dark world’s light;
Look unto Me, thy morn shall rise,
And all thy day be bright!”
I looked to Jesus and I found
In Him my Star, my Sun;
And in that light of life I’ll walk
Till trav’ling days are done.