When You Hear His Voice

Does it ever surprise you when you hear HIS voice?  Does it ever startle you out of your every day living or stop you in your tracks?

Yesterday, I was mumbling and grumbling to myself about circumstances that always put me in a tizzy (simply because I LET them…)  And I was asking Him how exactly was I supposed to handle these circumstances.  And then I heard Him say,

“Live above your feelings.”

gasp.  If I’d been holding a dozen eggs, they would have crashed and broken on the floor.

Not because He was harsh.  And not even because I knew it was His voice.  But because He touched on the nerve that pulsates discontent and anger in my life.
And He did it ever so gently.

Ugh!  HOW can you argue with that?

well, I’ll tell you how cuz I tried to argue.  It was a very feeble attempt, I can assure you because His Truth always breaks the lies into a million little pieces.

sigh.

I’m so like Peter I can’t stand it sometimes.  I can so relate to Him and I know God allowed Peter’s weaknesses to be laid out bare for all of history because He knows there are plenty more of us just like Peter.

In my Bible study this morning I read the following in Matthew 26:

Then they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives.  On the way, Jesus told them, “Tonight all of you will desert me. For the Scriptures say, ‘God will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’  But after I have been raised from the dead, I will go ahead of you to Galilee and meet you there.” Peter declared, “Even if everyone else deserts you, I will never desert you.” Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, Peter—this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.” “No!” Peter insisted. “Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!” And all the other disciples vowed the same.
Ahem.  Been there?  I sure have.  I act like I love Jesus – and I FEEL like I love Jesus, but when it comes down to it, do I love Him in my actions?  Do I love Him with the way I live?
This is where the rubber meets the road.  Where hearing his voice and DOING what He says either merge into the same lane or head in different directions.  Jesus is calling me to live a more settled life by relying less on how I FEEL and more on Who He Is.
When you hear his voice?  What do you do?  How do you respond?