“The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.”
– John 10:3
Every day, we hear voices crying out for our attention and affection. Some we recognize as old habits and some as new voices trying to capture our thoughts. The noise can be deafening and distracting. Young writes, “Many voices vie for control of your mind, especially when you sit in silence. Many run around in circles, trying to obey the various voices directing their lives. This results in fragmented, frustrating patterns of living.”
Jesus describes Himself as a “Good Shepard” . . . One whose voice is known by his flock. God speaks to us in our deepest need, calming our deepest fear, comforting our deepest sorrow and soothing our deepest pain. His speaks with a still, small voice and with thunderous authority. He says just the right thing at just the right time in just the right way. He speaks with ultimate authority and understanding affection.
We Recognize His Voice. He calls out to the lost so they be found. (Mark 2:17) He calls with compassion, we answer in confidence. Jesus reminds us, “After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.” (John 10:4-5)
We Respect His Voice. The psalmist reminds us of the confident authority of God’s voice. He writes, “The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.” (Ps 29:4). The omnipotence of His voice commands our obedience. “The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over many waters.” (Ps 29:3). When He speaks, we listen.
We Rest In His Voice. The psalmist describes The Lord’s control over chaos and calm, “For He commanded and raised the stormy wind, which lifted up the waves of the sea . . . He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.” (Ps 107:25, 29) Mark records Jesus’ decisive words in the presence of danger, “When Jesus woke up, He rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Silence! Be still!’ Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm.” (Mark 4:39). He is there in our chaos to speak words of comfort.
We Respond To His Voice. As a loving Father, He call us, “Have you forgotten the encouraging words which God speaks to you as his children? ‘My child, pay attention when the Lord corrects you, and do not be discouraged when He rebukes you.'” (Heb 12:5). God never speaks to hurt or harm us . . . but to help and encourage.
The enemy speaks with a voice of untruth to confuse, condemn, and corrupt. God speaks with a voice of truth with clarity, confirmation and comfort. Casting Crowns reminds us of God’s voice of authority and assurance.
But the voice of truth tells me a different story.
The voice of truth says, “Do not be afraid!”
The voice of truth says, “This is for My glory”.
Out of all the voices calling out to me,
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth.
Take a moment to “tune out” all the voices that are screaming for your attention . . . and “tune in” to The Voice that is calling out with affection. Hear His voice. Hear the voice of truth.