For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (Prov. 2:6)
A couple years ago, I was asked to go as a leader to a youth camp with a church that I knew only two of the leaders. One night as everyone was leaving a session, a leader named Tony tried to talk to me. He told something meaningful about himself: that he had blood cancer and was struggling physically because he had missed a treatment. However, because I had not spent enough time with him to identify his voice above the others in the room talking at the same time, I heard him say something else. My response did not make sense to him, because what I had heard was very different from what he had said.
Proverbs makes it clear that the Lord speaks knowledge and understanding to us, but that does not mean that we know his voice well enough to hear it clearly above all the other voices in our life. If we do not take the time to recognize his voice, then we can find ourselves acting according to what we thought we heard God say only to find ourselves disappointed because we did not act according to what God actually said.
We must know his voice well enough to hear it clearly or we will mishear him as I did with Tony.
Consistently invest time with God so you hear him clearly.
Sadie Kaminski received her masters of divinity from Wesley Seminary in 2020. In her free time, she loves to climb the sand dunes along Lake Michigan.
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