So many voices bombard us. Not necessarily human ones but information screaming at us from computers, I-phones, I-pads, laptops, Kindle Fire, Nooks and crannies! Jesus voices to his disciples something they can’t figure out. In John 10, He reminds them that He’s the good shepherd. They are His sheep. The only voice that ultimately matters in their life is His. Get it? They didn’t.
It’s such a vivid memory, renting a home in England, a manor house built in the 15th century. Looking out the bedroom windows, we could see lots of sheep grazing on our land. We loved to watch their seemingly aimless activities. Herd animals for sure. One would take off and the rest would scamper along following close behind. We would shake plum and apple trees, and they would come running to have an afternoon snack eating the whole fruit, pits and cores as well. Crunch, crunch they would munch! But if we got too close to them, off they would run in the opposite direction.
One day, the shepherd came to cart them all off… for mating. I was relieved that it wasn’t for our dinner table! He showed up in a medium-sized van. They all came in a bunch, walking up the ramp, sardined inside with hardly room to breathe. No sheep arguments. No trying to bolt out the back. They were content to follow wherever their shepherd wanted them to go. Open fields or over-crowded van. They were his. His voice was all they needed to hear. They knew his voice. No doubt about that.
As Jesus said–‘…the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow…’ (John 10:3-5). How could His own not understand (v. 6)? The disciples often didn’t. Why is it that I don’t so many times?
Maybe we’re not listening? Maybe we’re hearing voices which we need to block out? Maybe we should spend more time focused on His Word so we can clearly hear His voice? Maybe we should turn off the television or some of those digital devices and spend time talking with Jesus in prayer? Maybe? No doubt about it! Time to go now. I hear His voice calling…
Prayer: Lord, we want to hear your voice above all others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.