Daily Devotional: Tuesday, August 23 - Accountable To His Voice

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” — Proverbs 3:5-6

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I started playing basketball at a very young age. I love the competition, the roar of the crowd, the silence that changes momentum, and the heart-pounding intensity of going back and forth until the last buzzer sounds. I like the noise that makes you focus and tune in to hear the only real voices that matter — your heart telling your head, “You got this,” or your head saying to your heart, “One more play!”

As an athlete, learning what to receive and what to filter out is half the battle. Leaning into the right voices is crucial to your success.

In Isaiah 30:21, we hear a promise of direction from the voice of God, our Heavenly Father: “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.”‘ In John 10:3-4, Jesus talks about the role of the shepherd: “The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.”

The world is full of noise. We must spend time with the Father so that His voice becomes the most dominant in the crowd. What voices are competing with your ability to hear God? How can you fine-tune your hearing so that His voice is the only one that matters?

— Fleceia Comeaux, Houston Dash chaplain

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