January 19 | Psalm 23:1-2; John 10:2-3
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shellacked nothing. He makes me lie down in luscious green pastures; he leads me beside restful waters.” (Psalm 23:1-2)
“For the one who enters through the gate is the sheep’s shepherd. To this one, the gatekeeper opens, and the sheep hear His voice, and His own sheep He both calls by name and leads them.” (John 10:2-3)
The GPS is the modern shepherd. It leads its lost sheep through crowded city streets and unknown country roads. Even men who refuse to ask directions find comfort in its leading. It makes them look good.
Jesus is the Good Shepherd who leads his sheep. He knows all the great hangout spots, taking care of our every need. Jesus tells us God takes care of sparrows, so he definitely takes care of us because we matter to him.
We must listen to Jesus’ voice if we’re going to get anywhere with him. We can’t reap the blessings of listening and obedience if we don’t listen. The GPS does no good on our dashboard if we don’t listen to its voice.
Listening to our Good Shepherd brings peace and stillness, sustenance and provision. We benefit from listening to his voice. Don’t neglect your Shepherd and Lord. Learn to rely on him alone, to hear his voice above the thunder, lightning, and roaring waves.
Action Step: Listen to Jesus’ voice every day. He is always speaking to you. If you can’t hear him, you are not tuned in to his voice. Spend extra time in prayer without talking. Give Jesus a chance to speak to you.
Lord Jesus, I want to hear from you. Open my heart to receive your message. I am waiting on you, to hear your voice above all the other voices. Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.