Date: Wednesday, July 16
Scripture: John 10:11-16
Verse: I am the good shepherd. I know my own sheep and they know me (John 10:14)
I have always loved watching dogs at the park who do not need a leash. Their human can simply call their name, even with everything else that is going on around them, and the dog knows how to respond. The dog knows the voice of their human and can distinguish it from all the others. Obviously, this doesn’t just happen on day 1. The dog and their owner need to spend a great deal of time together, learning how each other behaves, for the connection to work that well.
The people Jesus was speaking to didn’t know about dogs in a park, but they knew about the relationship between sheep and their shepherd. They knew that two flocks of sheep could be grazing together in a field, but when each shepherd called for his sheep, the sheep knew which one to follow, and would divide back into their respective flocks. Jesus uses this image to talk about his love for his people. He says his sheep will know him and his voice, and follow.
Like the dog and the sheep in relationship with their master’s, we cannot know our Lord Jesus’ voice without spending time with him. In prayer, Bible reading, and devotions we get to know him better, learn how to follow, and recognize his comforting touch. May we each stay in touch with the “Good Shepherd.”
Prayer: Teach me your voice, Lord Jesus, that I may follow you more closely. Amen.
Action: Spend some of your devotional time simply to listen for Jesus’ voice.
Respond: Have you ever had a pet with which you had a special ability to communicate?
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