I'm not listening!
I'm often amused by the way my kids can selectively hear what I'm saying. Somethings they always hear (lollies, trips to the park, swimming, etc), other things they almost never hear (clean up your toys, stop picking your nose, come here, etc). Today I had a conversation with someone where it was obvious that they just weren't listening. They had asked a question quite possibly only to be able to say they consulted those involved. I didn't get much opportunity to respond and when I did my suggestions were ignored almost before I'd finished making them. It was futile for me to respond and yet I still did. I don't think I was listened to and I really don't think they cared much for my opinion (which they were seeking)/
Whose voice do I listen to? I guess my wife's (but only sometimes). My parents from time to time (it is difficult to imagine I listen to them less as an adult than I did as kid but I think that is the case)! My boss (sometimes)! God's voice? How do I know it is God's voice? How does he speak to me? That is a deeply theological question that I won't answer here (I've already rambled on quite enough). But many times in the gospels Jesus spoke about those who follow him knowing his voice.
John 10 is one of the chapters where Jesus refers to us knowing his voice. When I listen am I just humouring God (if that is possible), or am I listening intent on responding?