My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27 (ESV)
Do you want to be able to hear my voice? Will you listen carefully to everything I want to say to you? Yes, I want to be able to hear your voice. Yes, I will listen carefully to everything you want to say to me. That’s good. Do you have any concerns? Are any questions coming to your mind? You know me. I have a ton of questions. Go ahead and ask me what is on your heart and mind. I have a hard time hearing you. It is not easy for me to recognize your voice. How can I learn to hear your more clearly? How can I be sure to recognize your voice? You have asked very good questions. Why do you think it is hard to recognize and hear my voice? I live in a noisy world that is filled with different voices that are all shouting for my attention. It seems like my life is under constant bombardment by messages from the world. Do you know why it seems that way to you? Not really. It seems that way because your life really is under bombardment by many messages from the world. I thought so. I have learned one thing for certain. What’s that? You will never shout for my attention. Your voice does not scream loudly in my ear. No, it does not. Why don’t I scream for your attention? Why don’t I force you to listen to me? You gave me a free will. You want me to willingly come to you. You want me to come to sit quietly in your presence so I can hear what you want to say to me. You want me to make a choice to carefully listen to you. Yes, I do. It would do no good for you to scream for my attention if I was unwilling to listen to you. No, it would not.
But, I do want to listen to you. I do want to hear everything you want to say to me. That’s good. What will you do so that you can hear from me? I will withdraw from the noise of the world. I will separate myself from all the voices that are screaming for my attention. Every day, I will set apart a time and a place to meet with you. I will quiet myself before you. I will meet with you in your word. I will listen. I will hear. I will put into practice whatever you teach me. I will go where you guide me. I will do what you ask of me. I will follow you. What do you think will happen to you as you meet with me in my word? I will learn to hear you more clearly. I will recognize your voice more surely. Yes, you will. Here I am right now, I’m listening to you. That is very good.
Lord, it is the priority of my life to recognize and hear your voice. I will listen carefully to everything you want to say to me. I will hear your words and put them into practice. I will go where you guide me and do what you ask of me. Guide my life by your word. Amen
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