My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
God loves you. He has given you a new name and a new identity. He has given you purpose, and He promises to guide your path. He wants to give you wisdom. His peace is perfect. And He lovingly offers you life instead of death.
As if all of these truths aren’t mind-blowing enough, there’s one that perhaps overwhelms me more than all the rest. He wants to hear what I have to say. And He speaks to me… with the same voice that set the world into motion.
A few weeks ago, I went to a conference, and my dear husband stayed home to care for our four, precious little ones. Unfortunately, just about the time I left for the conference, my hubby caught a virus. He didn’t feel so good, but the greatest challenge was that he lost his voice.
Even when our family is all home together, oftentimes, our kids aren’t in one place. Two may be playing upstairs, one in a bedroom, the other doing a craft at the kitchen table. And while my husband and I try not to raise our voices too frequently, we surely do use them throughout each day to help, lead, love, discipline and direct our children.
So what happens when there is no voice (or when that voice is barely audible)? Well, things can get a little crazy. Our kids need to hear our voices. Our words of affirmation and direction bring security to their developing hearts and minds.
Here’s the thing about God though, friends. He doesn’t lose His voice, and He doesn’t inadvertently go quiet. Sometimes His Spirit speaks in thunderous volume. Other times it’s a gentle whisper. He consistently uses His Word, and His creation speaks daily of His creativity and majesty. His voice, His words and His will are always perfect. He’s always faithful.
God faithfully speaks and leads, because it’s in His very nature. And it’s in our new
nature, our life in the Spirit, to follow Him. John 10:27
says, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”
Are you one of His sheep? Have you been called to follow Jesus? Then according to the Word, you will listen to His voice, and you will follow Him. Just remember who you are today. We love Him, because He first loved us. We follow Him because He has called out to us. It’s by no greatness of our own that we hear Him. It’s He who is the perfect Shepherd -- with an unfailing love and an unfailing voice.
If you’re struggling to hear God right now, join me as I trust that His Word is true.
Consider taking a moment to read John 10 today. When you’ve finished reading, meditate on what you’ve read. Take 5 minutes (or more) to just sit quietly with the Lord. As sheep listen to the voice of their shepherd, let the Lord know that you’re listening to Him today.