Listen to His Voice
I have read this passage many times but in my recent reflections I have been particularly struck by Jesus’ statement that “I tell you the truth” in contrast to all those who came before Him who were “thieves and robbers.” However, “the true sheep did not listen to them.”
8 All who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them. 9 Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. 10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. 11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.7 so he explained it to them: “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep.
- John 10:7-11, NLT
This follows up on the sobering reality I’ve been seeing from Revelation 12 about our Ancient Foe. The Great Dragon comes to deceive, accuse, steal, kill and destroy.
One area that the enemy deceives me is in my thinking that situations are worse than they truly are. This thinking allows fear and doubt into my life. The enemy then uses that fear and doubt to accuse me that it is my fault and distorts the potential consequences.
As a result, my peace and joy and my capacity to clearly hear the voice of Jesus speaking love, grace, and truth are negatively affected. When fear and doubt have set in and I hear the voice of Jesus, it gives me faith to appropriately respond to the situation. I receive comfort that I am in a good place and I just need to rest and trust or I respond to conviction that leads me to forgiveness and then courage to address whatever actual challenges are present. Either response will lead me into the “rich and satisfying life” Jesus desires for me.
I am saddened by how often I listen to the voice of the thief instead of the Good Shepherd, yet I am hopeful at the growth I’ve seen in the last few weeks as I have recognized the voice of the enemy and turned to the voice of Jesus.
As I reflect on what Jesus is speaking to me now, I hear His voice of love and validation for me as His beloved son chosen to reveal and represent Him through my life and the ministry of Wellspring. I hear His voice assuring me that He will guide and provide giving me courage to not shrink back but to press forward into the Promised Land He has for me.