Acts 22: 7 – 9 —— And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’ So I answered, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said to me, ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.’
“And those who were with me indeed saw the light and were afraid, but they did not hear the voice of Him who spoke to me.
The light shone on Saul, and he also heard the voice of God and this changed him totally. In our lives, just attending the retreat will not bring conversion. We need to spend time with Him, believe in His Word and the time will come when we will hear the voice of God. It is important to see the light, but it is much more important to hear the voice in that. When we know the Word and the Word becomes flesh in us, then we will hear the voice of God.
We might think that only knowing the scriptures is sufficient to bring change in our lives. That is just the light. The apostles spent three years of their lives with Jesus. They lived, walked, ate, talked and fellowshipped with Him. Saul did not have this opportunity to live with Jesus like the apostles. Yet when He heard God’s voice, he believed, obeyed and wrote more than the Apostles did. Before His encounter with Jesus, Saul was only trained in the scriptures. He had only seen the light and that was the reason he persecuted the church. The Pharisees also only knew the scriptures. They only saw the light. But after Saul heard the voice of God, he was blinded by that light.
For the next three days he neither ate nor drank. He meditated on God and heard God’s voice. God told Saul that he would receive sight through Ananias. And this is exactly what happened. Saul did not pray for healing but rather spent every moment in fellowship with God, reflecting on His actions. From the light came the voice and He was getting inspiration through the Holy Spirit.
In our life too, the more scriptures we memorise and store in our heart, the more we submit and meditate on them, the clearer will we be tuned to hear the voice. All of us have seen the light but not all of us have heard the voice. When we hear the voice no demon in hell can stop us.
When we hear the voice of God and make a conscious decision to obey His voice, we will see our lives transform before our very eyes. And the lives of those who come in contact with us will also be changed.