I don’t even have to ask who it is.
We have gone on many vacations together. We are in the same Bible study group. We often meet for dinner and can talk for hours without feeling like any time at all has passed. I can count on her to understand my heart, and she attributes the best possible motives to me. She challenges me to consider other perspectives, and holds me accountable for my personal choices. Marie, well, she makes my life richer and far more full. I am grateful to call her my friend.
Because of that, when she calls me on the phone I always know who it is as soon as she starts talking. No “”Hi, this is Marie Hurlbert.” Or even, “This is Marie.” I have talked with her so often I immediately recognize her voice.
If someone else called and claimed to be Marie, I would know better. I’m just too familiar with her to fall for it.
Jesus’ voice is familiar to me, too. I hear Him communicate mercy as He calls me to “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). His voice of compassion is clear when on the cross He cried out “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34). His words “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! ” (1 John 1:3) affirm me as His daughter. I know what His voice sounds like.
Oh, sometimes I hear His voice, but what He’s asking is hard. Or mundane. So I pretend I don’t. Sometimes I want to do something different so I wonder if He’s telling me to move ahead. But I know better.
When He speaks, I really don’t have to ask who it is. Because when all is said and done, I am His, and He is mine. I know His voice.
…the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” John 10:3b-5
- How well would you say you recognize Jesus’ voice?
- Describe a time that you knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that you heard from Him.
- How did you know it was Him?
Father, I am so grateful that You want to talk to me, and that Your voice is familiar. Thank You for Your word, that so clearly communicates Your love, Your compassion, and Your mercy. Please help me to not only hear Your voice, but to gladly respond to it above all others.