Have you ever heard the audible voice of God? I haven’t. I have asked for it. Sometimes when I’m faced with a great dilemma, I wish that God would just speak really clearly so that I would know for sure what to do.
Maybe you have heard very spiritual people talk about knowing God’s voice. Does it ever make you feel a bit insecure? Maybe you wonder if they have more of the Spirit than you do.
Jesus tells us something very important in this story he tells about sheep. He is telling each of us, his children, to relax. To be at rest. He knows us. Jesus is the one who has the responsibility to guard who has access to his sheep. He is the gate. He is going to protect us so that we will have every opportunity to hear his voice.
Jesus doesn’t say that the sheep who have a special spiritual gift hear his voice. He doesn’t say that the sheep who spend five hours in prayer every day will hear his voice. There actually aren’t any special conditions attached. He simply says that his sheep know his voice. This is already true about you, about me, about anyone who receives their identity as a child of God.
I don’t know about you, but I find that to be a great relief. It isn’t up to me, it is up to Jesus. So I can simply follow him. And when I feel unsure, I can wait and quiet my heart until I have the confidence that he has made the way forward clear. I don’t have to rush. I don’t have to worry. I just have to wait. My Shepherd has promised that I will know his voice and that he will lead me where I need to go.
The Lord is my Shepherd.
You are the one, Lord Jesus, who will guide my steps. I believe this. Forgive me when I rush forward to go my own way. When I feel you are far away, draw me close to you.
Through Jesus, the Lamb of God. Amen.