I can still remember hearing the muffled voices of a group of girls having a party upstairs. Among the muted sounds of the girls laughing and talking, I kept hearing a reoccurring, distinct voice that captured my attention. “Do you know whose voice that is?” I inquired of a friend. He knew the girl’s voice because it was a friend of his—LaVerne. It was the first time I had heard her voice, and I was intrigued. In fact, I was so intrigued that I married her seven years later, and now I know her loving voice anywhere.

Jesus told His disciples one day that sheep follow the shepherd, “because they know his voice” (John 10:4). How did they know his voice? Because they had learned from experience to trust the voice of their shepherd.

To hear God’s voice clearly, we must have a growing love relationship with God and trust Him. It’s that simple. The better we get to know God, the better we will recognize His voice.