I was reading about sheep the other day. One thing I learned is that sheep have a keen sense of hearing. It's what they use to follow their shepherds. Over time, they learn the distinctiveness of their shepherd's voice. So much so, that even if you were to wear the same clothes as the shepherd and try to alter your voice to sound like him, they still wouldn't follow you. They know their master's voice.
I believe this is the point that Jesus was trying to get across to the Jews in John 10. He said, "The sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him; for they know not the voice of strangers." Jesus was telling them that His sheep will naturally follow Him because they know and trust His voice. Anything else, that doesn't sound like Him, they will flee from it or him. That should sound somewhat familiar as well. James 4:7-8 says, "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you..." Listen and draw close to the Good Shepherd and flee from the wolf, the deceiver, the Satan.
So how do we know what Jesus sounds like? He sounds alot like this, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh to unto the Father, but by me...By this all men shall know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another...Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light...For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." He also says, "The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake..." You see, it's not just the letters in red that are God's words to us. All of the Bible is God talking to us. That being said, the only way that you can know the Shepherd's voice is to listen to it by reading His Word.
If we read God's Word everyday, because sheep need to be led by their shepherd everyday, then we will know which way we should go. I'm not saying that you have to read 5-10 chapters a day. God doesn't care how much you read, He cares about how much you take in. It's like food. Looking at a bunch of food doesn't make you full, but eating some of it will. It's all about what we take in, what we process, what we understand. So everyday, we must open the Bible and ask God to speak to us. If you are willing to listen, God will speak. The more we listen to Him, the more we will notice the voice of the stranger. While there are many voices in the world that try to get us to listen, they are all alterations of the one stranger we should flee from. If it doesn't sound like God, ignore it and flee from it. Sheep trust their shepherd, and we must trust God.
So who are you listening to? Are you taking time daily to listen to God? What are some of the voices that Satan uses to lead us away from our shepherd? Comment below or on the Facebook link.