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. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. John 10:27-29 (NIV)
This world is filled with noise. This world is clamoring for my attention. A voice shouts, “go there” another voice says, “come here”. Other voices demand that I do this or do that. If I were to listen to a thousand different voices, I suppose that I would walk a crooked path, living like a pinball bouncing from one endeavor to another. My life would have no purpose or meaning or direction. I certainly wouldn’t accomplish much. Trying to please a thousand different voices would be the certain way for me to misspend my life. That is not at all what I want. What do you want? I want to quiet myself before you. I want to draw near to you. I want you to draw near to me. I want to hear your voice. I want to follow your direction. I want to receive your guidance. I want you to guard my life. I want my life to have purpose and meaning and hope and focus that can only come from you. Those are all very good desires.
You need to know one thing. You will be greatly comforted and encouraged by what I want you to know. What do you want me to know? I want you to hear my voice. You were made to hear my voice. It is my plan that you will hear my voice. You are one of my sheep. I am your good shepherd. I laid my life down for you. I will lead you through life. I will guide you to where I want you to go. I will give you what I want you to do. You will not misspend your life. I will use you to accomplish my purposes and fulfill my plans. Your future with me is secure. No evil can snatch you out of my hand. I will be with you to help you. My hand is on you. My favor will be with you. Does what I am saying give you comfort? Are you encouraged? Yes, I am. Keep on quieting yourself before me. Rest in my presence. Keep on listening attentively to my voice. Keep on following and serving me. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, this is a noisy world. Voices of every kind are shouting for my attention. The world would like me to live my life according to its values, patterns and practices. I want none of that. I will listen to your voice. Guard and guide my life as I am attentive to you. Amen
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