"How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly."
"I have already told you, and you don't believe me," Jesus replied. "The proof is in the the miracles I do in the name of my Father. But you don't believe me because you are not part of my flock. My sheep recognize my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life and they shall never perish. No one shall snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else, so no one can kidnap hem from me. I and the Father are one." John 10:24- 30 (TLB)
Wayne Greenawalt lives in Illinois. "I can't hear you! Speak louder!" These requests, directed to his wife, were becoming more frequent. Eventually, Wayne had to admit that he was hard of hearing. Hearing aids have helped, but in social settings Wayne struggles to distinguish the voice of the person in front of him from others in the room. Fortunately, his hearing aids are equipped with a setting that allows Wayne to tune out the surrounding sounds so he can focus on the person he wants to hear.
Similarly, the noise of voices both internal and external that vie for our attention can distract us from hearing God's voice. It is easy to rush through our Bible reading without taking the time to still our restlessness and ponder the truth of the message. Despite the voices that compete for our attention, if we quiet ourselves and listen, we will hear God speaking.
Today's quoted verse reminds us to listen to Jesus, who is the good shepherd. Jesus knows and loves us and wants us to hear what he has to say. Are we listening? When we step back from the noise and activity of our busy lives, we can listen humbly and quietly for God's guidance.
Prayer: Dear Lord, you are the shepherd of our lives. Help us to find quiet in our lives so that we can better listen for your voice, in Jesus' name. Amen.