The Shepherd leads with His voice.
Are we following His voice?
Do we know His voice?
Did you know the study of sheep is called Ovinology? I did not. Lately, I have become fascinated with sheep. I want to give you some interesting facts before we move forward.
- According to research, sheep can recognize faces of other sheep for up to two years.
- Sheep recognize the face and voice of their shepherd. (google some youtube videos!)
- Sheep are social. They have a need to see each other.
- ” Sheep have a strong instinct to follow the sheep in front of them. When one sheep decides to go somewhere, the rest of the flock usually follows, even if it is not a good ‘decision.’ ” http://www.followyourdreamfarm.net/sheep-behavior
John 10:27 “My sheep hear my voice, I know them, and they follow me.” (CSB)
Jesus is my Shepherd. If you are a believer, He is yours. As Christians, we are to follow his voice.
The sheep’s instinct is to follow their leader, even when they are being led into danger. Over a cliff, or into a deep ravine, sheep will find themselves stuck until their shepherd comes searching for them.
I know this feeling very well. I have followed my own leading, the world’s standards, and found myself in deep ravines. Tangled, ensnared by thorns and thistles. I have, and can, create a mess on my own. Like sheep, I need a good shepherd. I need guidance, wisdom, and nourishment. I need a reliable voice in my life. Sometimes, as most of us do, I crave the knowledge of being seen by my Shepherd. I long for His reassurance.
How do I find that? How do you? In His Word. Time and time again, going to His Word.
The answer is simple, yet, we are prone to ignore, make excuses, or break out in hives at the mere thought of commitment to spending time in His Word. It is much easier to do a drive-thru on Sunday mornings, rather than doing the work ourselves.
I know, I KNOW, my Sweet Man. I know his scent when he has walked past me, I recognize his voice from afar. The feel of his skin. We have been married thirty years. That is an investment. An investment in time and intentionality in getting to know one another.
If I want to know Jesus, The Good Shepherd, I must put in the work of learning His ways. His voice. His Word. Make the investment.
If I want to know Jesus, know His voice, to know of his extravagant love for me, I have to go to the well of Living Water.
“Jesus answered, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would ask him, and he would give you living water.” John 4:10 (CSB)
Go to the well of Living Water. Get to know your Shepherd’s voice. Invest the time. Make a commitment. Be intentional. Be consistent.
This is the most important Voice in your life. He will not lead you over a cliff or into a ravine. He will lead you towards everlasting life!
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