JOHN 10:27-28

It’s funny to me how I can hear someone’s voice and immediately know who’s talking to me, even if I can’t see them. Especially with the people I’m close to. My family, my friends, my coworkers. I hear their voices all the time because I’m with them a lot. So I recognize them without even thinking about it.

But today the Lord kind of hit me between the eyes when he asked me, “Why don’t you recognize my voice like that?”

Ouch.

Then he hit me between the eyes again when he answered his own question, “You don’t recognize my voice because it’s not the one you listen to the most.”

Double ouch.

But, when I’m really honest about, he’s completely right.

I listen to the wrong voices all the time. I’m great at doing my quiet time every day, but then I go into the mode of listening to everything but him. Fear, self-doubt, insecurities, pride. They all scream at me so loud that I just stop trying to hear God.

It’s easier to listen to and believe the bad stuff.

But the bad stuff is nothing but lies. The truth is that Jesus loves me so much, he laid down his life for me. He cares about me. He knows me. And he wants me to know him and follow him so closely that his voice is the only one I listen to, because it is the only one that can save me.

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” ~John 10:27-28

Lord, focus my ears on nothing but you.

 

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