My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. John 10:27-28 (NIV)
How will I be able to follow you? How will I know where to go? How will know what to do? How will I know that I am on the right track? How will I know that I have not gone off course? Those are good questions. I am your Good Shepherd. You are one of my sheep. You are prone to wander. You are likely to go your own way. You will find it easy to lose your way. On your own you are like to take missteps. On your own you will surely go where you should not go. On your own you will likely do what you should not do. So, I will say it to you again, you have asked good questions. Do you have an answer for me? Yes, I do have an answer for you. I’m listening. You have my full attention. I will not miss a word that you have to say to me. I will listen attentively to your voice.
You have already answered all your own questions. How is that possible? What did you just tell me that you would do? I said that I would listen attentively to your voice. I said that you would have my full attention. I said that I would not miss a word that you have to say to me. That’s right. That is exactly what you said to me. That is how you will be able to follow me. That is how you will know where to go and what to do. That is what will keep you on track and prevent you from going off course. You will know and listen to my voice. You will hear my whispers. You will receive my guidance and follow my instructions. Your heart and mind and life will be focused on me. You will give me your full attention. You will seek me with all your heart and mind and soul and strength. I will guard you. I will guide you. I will direct you. I will protect you. My hand will be on you. My voice will lead you to where I want you to go. My voice will give you what I want you to do. You will be able to boldly go and do all that I ask of you because you will have listened to my voice. That is exactly what I will do. That will be very good.
Lord, thank you that you are my Good Shepherd. I am one of your sheep. You know me. Help me to know you. Speak to me so I can hear you. I will listen attentively to your voice as you lead me through life all the twists and turns and ups and downs of life. Amen
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