We currently call it PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)—a disturbing emotional state experienced by many soldiers returning from war or military action. But in past military conflicts, those who suffered war related emotional disturbances were not so fortunate and perhaps displayed their emotional trauma in other manners.
One of the M*A*S*H sitcom episodes features a wounded soldier facing an emotional conflict. His wounds aren’t serious, and he would soon be returned to the front. But when questioned about his name, his response was “I’m Jesus Christ.” Having no luck convincing him otherwise, the doctors call in a psychiatrist who determines that he is Jesus Christ—at least in his mind. Adopting the identity of someone whom he thought opposed war helped him deal with his conflicted state of being somewhere he didn’t want to be. He listened to the wrong voice.
According to Jesus, whom we listen to is important. Then he added, “Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given—and you will receive even more. (Mark 4:24 NLT)
I’ve never heard God speak audibly—nor do I expect to, but I have heard him speak clearly to my spirit on many occasions. I’ve heard the Enemy as well. So when I hear voices, I must be careful to listen to the right one.
After I’ve determined which one is God’s voice, my responsibility is to obey. Obedience always brings peace, satisfaction, blessings, and further opportunities. As I listen and adhere to God’s truth, I’ll gain a better understanding of his truth.
Practice makes perfect. Practice also sharpens my ability to hear God clearly over the other voices clamoring for my attention.
Are you hearing God’s voice clearly? Let God teach you how to distinguish his voice from others that might lead you astray.
Prayer: Teach us, heavenly Father, to hear You clearly that we might obey You promptly and consistently.
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