Your mother’s encouraging one?
Your siblings disparaging one?
Your neighbor’s blaming one?
Your teacher’s inspiring one?
It seems that some of us find the condemning one most believable, while others seem to believe the one that says, “wishes come true.” Jesus heard contradicting voices as well.
“After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, ‘If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread’.” Matthew 3:16-4:3
Notice how the voices contradict each other. Satan uses the two letters I F to question God’s confirmation. Hearing satan’s voice is not sinful. I have done nothing wrong when I am tempted.
My instinct is to listen more closely to the condemning voice. I tend to tune out the positive “atta girls”. The voice of self-doubt and satan’s accusations are my first language. But as a new creation I hear a new voice. I choose to listen to my Savior’s words encouraging faith. When I repeat scripture the deceiver is silenced.
It comforts me to see that God affirmed Jesus as His Pleasing Son before Jesus needed the assurance. Being fully man, Jesus needed to feel accepted just as I do. It is hard to imagine His feeling insecure, but He experienced vulnerability. (Hebrews 4:16) He depended on God for His strength. God meets my emotional needs as well. I must daily decide if I will depend on God or myself.
I want to become so fluent in hearing God’s voice that I can completely tune-out all of the others.