Information screams at us from computers, I-phones, I-pads, laptops, Kindle Fire, Nooks and crannies! Jesus says something His disciples can’t figure out. In John 10, He reminds them that He’s the good shepherd. The only voice that ultimately matters in their life is His. Get it? They didn’t.
Renting an English 15th century manor house was magical. Looking out its windows, we see lots of sheep grazing. Herd animals for sure. One would take off and the rest scamper along following close behind. We shake plum and apple trees, and they would come running, pits and cores as well. But if we got too close to them, off they would run in the opposite direction.
One day, the shepherd comes to cart them all off… for mating. I was relieved that it wasn’t for our dinner table! He shows up and they all come running, walking up the ramp, sardined inside with hardly room to breathe. No sheep arguments. No trying to bolt out the back. Content to follow wherever their shepherd wants them to go. Open fields or over-crowded van. They’re his. His voice, all they need to hear. They know his voice. No doubt about it.
As Jesus says–‘…the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out… for they know his voice…’ (John 10:3-5). How could His disciples not understand (v. 6)? They often didn’t. Why is it that I don’t so many times?
Maybe we’re not listening? Maybe we should spend more time focused on His Word? Maybe we should turn off those digital devices, spending time in prayer? Maybe? No doubt about it!
Time to go now. I hear His voice calling…
Lord, we want to hear more from you. Amen.