My sheep hear My voice. —John 10:27 (NKJV)
One of a seemingly endless stream of current TV talent shows is called “The Voice.” The focus of this particular show is narrow–they’re not looking for a variety of gifts and abilities–they are looking exclusively for vocal ability. They are looking for “the voice.”
But no matter how talented the contestants on that show may be, none of them will ever be the Voice.
Because that role has already been taken.
The Voice spoke this world into existence (Gen.1).
The Voice commands the dawn and tells the ocean’s proud waves where to stop (Job 38).
The Voice is powerful and majestic, the Voice breaks the cedars and thunders over the mighty waters (Psalm 29).
Yet this strong and powerful Voice is also tender and merciful.
Sometimes the Voice is still and small … no more than a gentle whisper.
Sometimes the Voice is playful and joyous … rejoicing over you with singing.
And always the Voice is knowable. “I know my sheep and my sheep know me” (John 10:14).
However he speaks, the Voice is filled with life. There has always been, and there will always be, life in his Voice. Even when he says hard things (and sometimes he does) the Voice is filled with … grace … redemption … freedom …
In fact, that’s one of the ways you can know you’re really hearing the Voice. The Voice never condemns … never shames … never pushes away …
The Voice is always filled with hope and life.
And those who belong to him—they hear him.
They hear the Voice.
Lord, Thank you for your voice. Your voice is like no other–there is only hope, only truth, only life in your voice. Open our ears Lord; open our hearts–that we might truly hear you; that we might truly hear the Voice. ~Amen.