Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a Voice behind you saying, this is the way; walk in it. (Isaiah 30:21)Have you ever thought, “If I just pray more often, or harder, I’ll get closer to God and be able to hear His voice”? I certainly have. But then I read this beautiful verse in my Bible.

“Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me and he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show Myself to him.” (John 14:21)

There is a PROMISE here! The Bible says God reveals Himself to those who love Him. The way God knows we love Him is when we naturally and gladly obey His commands. We do this not out of our own effort. Rather, out of our love for Him, we willingly yield to His Spirit living within us.

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There is no formula, or ritual, or rule on how/when/how hard to pray. It’s about a relationship that boils down to one question.

Is God the center of my life?

Can I trust Him with my life? With my family, my career, or a job loss? How about my children? Or finances, sickness, or finding a new home? Whatever I need Him for at this very moment?

God’s commands are designed, not to keep us away from something, but rather to lead us on the perfect path He prepared for us. When we commit to following Him, we have positioned ourselves where we can both hear His voice and walk on His path. Do you want to be closer to God? Do you have God’s commands written on your heart? They hold the key to hearing God’s voice. In Matthew 22:37, Jesus shares with us God’s greatest commandment, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”

It’s All About the Relationship

It’s all about the relationship. It always has been. God, out of His deep love for us, gave us everything – even the life of His very own Son. Are we willing to trust God enough to allow Him to empower us by His Spirit to guide us and obey His Word?”

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’” (Isaiah 30:21)

God in Heaven, thank you for being our loving Father Who desires, above all things, a relationship with each one of us. Help us, Lord, to trust in Your perfect commands and to listen for Your Voice as You lead us each day. We praise You that You are a God Who gently leads us on Your perfect path for Your holy purposes. In Jesus’s Name we pray, Amen.

(Post originally published on January 2, 2010; republished July 10, 2018)

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