Today, the Church desperately needs to learn how to hear and obey the voice of God. We all need to get to the place where we consistently hear and obey His voice. The experience of failure is not of God, yet it is an all too common human experience. Nevertheless, when we learn how to hear and obey, failures can become distant memories, and success in God can become a normal way of life.
Romans 8:14 says, “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” Since the New Testament was written in the Greek language, it’s best to look at the original language to understand the true meaning of the verse. In this case, the word “sons” is a very interesting word. It denotes maturity of character and experience.
If we were to read the verse using that definition we could say, “The mature sons of God are the ones who are consistently led by the Spirit of God.” Conversely, we could say that Christians who are not consistently led by God’s Spirit are immature believers. Ouch! I hope that didn’t hurt too much. But it is very important to examine yourself. Are you walking in the light of this truth? Are you consistently led by the Spirit of God? If you want to grow in the Lord, you have to hear and obey the voice of God.
The story of Adam and Eve is a timeless example of what happens when God’s people do not listen and obey His voice. The same thing that caused Adam and Eve to disobey God, and walk out of His plan and provision can cause us to miss out too. The sad story is that Adam and Eve succumbed to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life instead of the Word of God (Genesis 3:1-6, 1 John 2:15-17). As a result, they lost it all, and God’s creation has suffered ever since.
Romans 8:19 says, “For [even the whole] creation (all nature) waits expectantly and longs earnestly for God’s sons to be made known [waits for the revealing, the disclosing of their sonship]” (AMPC). Notice this verse says, “God’s sons.” This is the same Greek word used in Romans 8:14.
This verse means that all of creation is waiting for God’s children to mature, to grow up, and to become the sons He desires – ones who will hear and obey His voice on a continual basis. That means that the universe needs you to grow up and take your rightful position in His family – all creation is simply waiting for you to hear and obey the voice of God!
For further study: Genesis 3:1-6, 1 John 2:15-17, Romans 8:1-25.