“1I tell you the truth, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and robber. 2But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3The 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. 4After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. 5They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.
My sister is a huge fan of the reality television show The Voice. It’s a show about aspiring singers wanting to make it big in the music industry with the help of professional music artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, John Legend, and Blake Shelton. The performer will sing to a live audience as the judges listen on with their backs to them. As the judges listen intently to them sing, they determine if they want to work with that singer and help take their singing to the next level.
I’m no singer by any stretch of the imagination so all the singers sound great to me. But it’s not until after a few weeks of working with their voice coach that you can hear the difference in their singing. The students have spent time with their teacher and have developed skills that help them understand the power of the voice.
The voice is a powerful tool in Scripture. It was God’s voice that called the world into existence. It was God’s voice that rescued His people. (Ps. 91;14) It was God’s voice that called people from death to life. (John 11:34). But how do we hear God’s voice in the world today with so many other voices vying for attention? Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, email, blogs, vlogs, newsfeeds, YouTube, etc. First, unplug from all social media and television. Period. Allow for your soul to be refreshed with the sound of silence. Second, never forget that God is approachable; He’s the One who came looking for you first. Third, ask God to reveal Himself through His word. His voice will begin to speak to you personally, specifically and intimately and you will hear Him calling your name. Fourth, follow His Voice wherever it leads you. Don’t be afraid to follow it because we are assured that He will never leave us alone. (Duet. 31:6) And finally, as you get to know God’s voice you will turn away from the voices that do not represent Him.