“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me– just as the Father knows me and I know the Father–and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. John 10:14-16 (NIV)
I feel like I am in training. How so? What training do you need to receive? I want and need to be able to hear your voice. Hearing your voice does not come naturally to me. It is not easy for me to hear your voice. Why is that? The world is a noisy place. Often times, I have been a busy person. The noise of the world and the busyness of my life have often made me hard of hearing. But I have no doubt about one thing. What’s that? You will speak to me. You want me to be able to hear your voice. Yes, I do want you to hear my voice. What will hearing my voice do for you? Hearing your voice will help me to come to know and love and follow and serve you. That’s true, what else? Hearing your voice will help me to know and do your will. You will use your voice to guard and guide my life. Your voice will lead me to where you want me to go and give me what you want me to do. That is also correct.
What will you do if you want to hear my voice? I will do four things. I will go to a quiet place. I will leave the noisy world behind me. In a quiet place, I will also quiet myself before you. It will do no good to leave the noisy world behind if my heart and mind are racing and filled with noise within me. So, a quiet place and a quiet me are absolutely required if I want to hear from you. That is true. You might have noticed that I often withdrew to a quiet place to meet with my Heavenly Father. Yes, I did notice. I want to be like you. I will follow your example. That is very good. You have mentioned two things you will do so that you can hear my voice. What are the remaining two? I will meet with you in your word. Why is that critically important? There are a lot of voices in the world. I need to guard my heart and mind and life from deceptive voices. You will always speak to me in ways that are consistent with your word. Your word will help me to recognize your voice. Oftentimes, your voice will simply apply your word to my life in very specific ways. Is that the voice of experience? Yes, it is. That’s good. You are growing. You are learning. What else do you need to do if you want to hear my voice? I need to obey your voice. I need to go and do what you ask of me. If I am unwilling to obey your voice, there would be no point in you speaking to me or me listening to you. So, I will listen attentively to your voice so I that can hear and follow and obey you. That will be very good.
Lord, thank you for being my Good Shepherd. I am one of your sheep. You know me intimately. Help me to hear and recognize your voice. I want to come to know and love and follow and serve you. I will go where you guide me and do what you ask of me. Amen
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