“My sheep know me and hear my voice and follow me.”
That is something Jesus said. He is the shepherd, and we are His sheep (John chapter 10). And sheep always know the voice of their shepherd to be able to follow him.
I have a really good friend who was in Africa one time. She was leaving her hotel room and realized her key to lock the door was still in the room. She heard a voice in her thoughts telling her not to get the key and that God would protect her things, but decided she really needed the key and went back in. The floor was slippery and she fell, breaking her arm. It was broken so badly, she had to fly home right away to have surgery on it!
One time I traveled to Arizona to help my son move back to Wisconsin. I heard a voice in my thoughts telling me to pack my sneakers, but that didn’t make sense because all I needed was my flip flops in the warm weather. When I got there, I had to go out and buy a new pair of sneakers and socks because it wasn’t safe carrying lots of heavy things down a flight of stairs in flip flops.
My friend and I both look back and know God was speaking to us. We both had a price to pay for not being good followers of the voice of our Shepherd. The more we practice something, the better we get at doing it. Take some time right now and practice listening for God’s voice. He always has something to say to us. What is He saying to you right now?