He ne’er is crowned with immortality Who fears to follow where airy voices lead. John Keatshttp://www.anvari.org
8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”John 3:8 “NIV”
I had to correct one of my co-workers who overheard me talking to myself. Talking to myself, that is, my inner thoughts exiting via my tongue, is not an indication that I am suffering dementia or perhaps a form of mental illness. Answering myself back, on the other hand, is a little sketchy.
Now there are voices that upon hearing them, bring me joy. My wife telling me she loves me. The burbling of my one-year old grandson when we babysit. Friends I have known a long time and trust to tell one another the truth, comfort in difficult times and celebrate together in better ones. However, the foundation to all of these, and my greatest joy is hearing not a physical voice, but a spiritual one. When I spent time with friends in our small group Bible study on Tuesdays, I may prepare a little study with some scriptures and a few questions, but there is an “inner Voice” that leads in the direction that everyone engages, enjoys and feels strengthened by. And as we joked a little this evening, it is up to each one of us to be humble to learn from the Word and from each other when God is guiding the discussion.
Somewhere inside, we hear a voice. It leads us in the direction of the person we wish to become. But it is up to us whether or not to follow.https://www.azquotes.com/quotes/topics/inner-voice.html
One of our group couples, are parents, grandparents and great-grandparents, as well as spiritual family to many. Having known them as friends and mentors for twenty years, I desire to be more consistent and to listen more intently to God’s voice. Perhaps it is the busy-ness of life that intrudes on me finding the necessary solitude. But I need to model their devotion to Christ, J and M have often shared with me that they routinely sit together quietly to listen the Spirit of God. They may sing together and study together. J in years past would have a full calendar of eager Christian men he would teach, train, and encourage with Bible-grounded studies – I was one of these.
It is in the times of trouble, when family members or dear friends are ill, or struggling with a mental illness or difficult life decisions, that we all need to hear encouraging words that have power to change and uplift. While there are many voices that one might hear, some sound more inviting than others, it is when we are admonished to test these for veracity, only then we know to listen to those which help a person of faith.
You must trust yourself more than you trust others. Pay attention to your inner voice – it will tell you if how and in what you are investing is right for you. Suze Ormanhttps://www.brainyquote.com