What If Jesus Told You He Enjoyed Your Daily Chats Together?
Picture this—Jesus walks up to our table, surprises us both and says
directly and lovingly to you, “I just wanted to thank you for all the talks
you and I have had together. I look forward to them every day!”
“But, Jesus, I don’t ever hear your voice,” you would protest,
embarrassingly. Then the Saviour replies, “Not only do you hear My voice,
but we have some of the most wonderful chats Heaven has ever heard!
For such a time as this you were born; so you and I could talk, like we do,
all the time while you are here on earth.”
“Impossible!” you might insist, because you may feel that Jesus’
statement is difficult or even impossible to grasp, and certainly too
good to be true.
But, honestly, it is simply too biblical to ignore.
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit,
Who is in you, Whom you have received from God? You are not
your own. (1 Corinthians 6:19 NIV).
Your challenge is to finally grasp, once and for all, that since He lives in
you, you cannot help but hear Him—that is, it’s simply impossible
not to hear Him speak. Since you are an inhabited creation that is inhabited
by God, the Holy Spirit, how can you not hear Him speak?
Of course, Jesus always knew this would sound too unbelievably
good to be true, so He had it recorded emphatically in His Word. He
knew we would need reminding. In that way there could be no question
for those who are willing to accept this “easy” truth that is sometimes
“hard” to believe.
Jesus said, “My sheep recognize my voice; I know them, and they follow Me”
(John 10:27 NLT).
The last I checked, you and I are still the sheep of His pasture,
and He is still the “Good Shepherd”.
The fact is, you recognize (or hear clearly) His voice, and
you’ve recognized it all along—even though you didn’t think you
did. This is a simple biblical truth.
You might say, “But, that’s not logical!”
To which Jesus would reply, “No, but it is theological—that is, it’s
What About Those Talks?
You’ve been talking to Him, and He’s been talking to you. Perhaps
now you can begin to grasp that He’s been talking to you. But
what about the fact that you have supposedly been talking to Him?
Maybe you have felt faithless and failing in your prayers? How is it
then that He hears you talking to Him?
Even the Old Testament Scriptures are not silent about how God
sees you and how He knows your thoughts. Read what King David wrote,
incredulously, to God:
You know when I sit and when I rise;
You perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
You are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
You know it completely, O LORD.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
Even those of you who have shed great tears because of the
tragedies in your life and the mistakes you have made, nevertheless you
have been speaking to God; and a reward for your tears is promised.
“Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy” (Psalm 126:5).
Your tears are one of the ways you talk to God! They are expressions
of your deepest emotion directed toward Him.
All you have to do now is “deal with it.” You’ve been having two way
conversations with God, listening and obeying (and sometimes
choosing not to obey) His voice for a long time.
Now, having come to grips with this amazing truth, why not learn
to hear Him even better by listening to His voice? Many of you have
been hearing Him and not knowing it. What would happen if you
accepted this fact and started to tune in to His voice more intentionally?
We now know that before a word is on our tongues, He knows
it; all our days are planned and we are His sheep and His sheep do, in
fact, listen to His voice. So now, why not start listening to Jesus talk
to you and begin conversing with Him—on purpose?
Excerpt from CAN’T YOU TALK LOUDER, GOD?
By Steve Shultz