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Do We Know God’s Voice?

John 10:4

When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.

RayMcDBefore I began to use medication to combat my Tourette Syndrome tics – I would make some weird noises. It was weird for sure. It was embarrassing much of the time. My dad use to tell me to be quiet – and I tried – but the TS would win out. When I tried very hard to control the tics – I could do it for a short while – but when I thought I was alone – they would come out like a wild fire.

My children and my long time friend and secretary would tell me that it was comforting to know I was near when they hard my tics. That was – maybe – slightly – the only good thing. When I began to take the meds – I had to experiment to see how large a dose to take. How much would control the tics (to a degree) and yet not put me to sleep. I went through a period of time when I would fall asleep in the middle of conversations. I’m a little better these days.

I use that story for a variety of reasons. One is to let those who are taking meds to control certain aspects of life – that many of us take meds to help us. Do not be ashamed. It is not a sign that you are not a strong person or a strong Christian. There are medical issues that some of us battle. The second reason is to lead us into today’s passage.

Here’s today’s passage in partial context. John 10:1–15 – 1 Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” 6 Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them. 7 Therefore Jesus said again, Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. 11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.

My children knew I was near because they grew accustomed to my noises – the tics I expressed because of my TS. We can grow accustomed to God’s voice through a deepening of our relationship with Jesus. Knowing God’s voice is essential to being able to test and know the will of God. Jesus is the Good Shepherd and will lead His people – but the question is – will His people hear His voice and follow where He leads?

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

November 1, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , ,

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