The Good Shepherd’s Voice

Do you know people by their voice? Do you know, without seeing, your mother or father’s voice? Do you know your boss’s voice? Do you know your spouses’ voice? How many voices do you know? Do you know the voice of God when you hear it?

We know the voice of many people. We have heard them so often that we can identify their voice, even if it is somewhat distorted. Each person has a uniqueness about their voice. That is why kids know exactly whose mom is yelling for them to come home, even if their names are not called out.

But do we know the voice of God? Jesus tells us the sheep know the shepherd’s voice. Have you ever seen a shepherd walking across a pasture with sheep following behind? I have. It is quite an interesting sight. The shepherd walks along, calling the sheep by making little noises, and they obediently follow behind. The sheep know the shepherd will lead them to food and water.

We are to have the same level of trust with God. In order to know his voice, we must learn to listen for it. Much like the sheep and the shepherd, we must experience following God, and learn to trust that he will lead us to what we need. It starts with small steps and continues to increase as we experience his leading.

Unfortunately, just like sheep, we can be lured away by something shiny that catches our attention. So, we must listen at all times, keeping our focus on the shepherd. We must recognize those other voices as a stranger, someone who means to do us harm rather than good.

I pray we all listen for the voice of God—the Good Shepherd. I pray we keep our focus on him. I pray each one of us will follow the voice of God, experience him, and learn to trust him in all situations. Know the Shepherd’s voice. Stay focused on him. Experience him. Trust God.

John 10:4-5 “When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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