Day 12: John 10
We changed our car recently, which included an option to reply to text messages by voice activation. I thought it was a great feature until the moment I realised the sentences I spoke were completely different to what was being sent to my recipient. As you can imagine, I had a few moments of frustration and a few smiles. It just didn’t listen to me. It made me think, it is so vital to listen intently to the right voice.
‘… and the sheep recognise his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. After he has gathered his flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice.’ (Verse 2-4)
With all the noise and pressures the world constantly throw at us, there is only one voice that we need to rely on and listen intently to. One voice that is to lead and guide us. The voice of Jesus the Good Shepherd. He watches out for us day and night like a shepherd protecting, caring and guiding our every step. Notice it says lead and guide rather than being driven by force.
‘Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of a stranger.’ (V5)
Have you ever encountered sheep whilst taking a walk through the countryside? Sheep are experts at discerning their shepherd’s voice, once they realise you aren’t the shepherd, they scatter. We need to take the same approach when we hear voices that contradict the voice of Jesus. These voices don’t have our interest at their heart; these voices often try and distract, burden and ultimately bring us harm, pain or destroy our dreams, purpose and life.
The thief does not come expect to steal, kill and to destroy, but I have come that you may have life. And that they may have it more abundantly’ (v10)
John 10:10 is a famous verse, Jesus came to give us life beyond what we dreamed possible. Yes, none of us are immune from difficulties and trials. He will lead us through them guided by His peace. No matter your background, your mistakes, your history, your present circumstances, we all have the possibility to live a life bigger than ourselves, more satisfying than we ever expected, just by surrendering control to the Good Shepherd and letting Him lead us.
The challenge I want to leave you with today is to spend more time listening for the voice of the Good Shepherd, don’t let fear, anxiety or panic drive you, but let Him lead you with His peace which surpasses all understanding.
Have a great day!
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