Daily Devotional 6-2-20

Speaking God II  
By Rev. Emmanuel Afful

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me, John 10:27

Many of Jesus’ teachings included agricultural metaphors and imagery that made His audience appreciate the word because they could relate to it. Somebody once jokingly thought Jesus’ comparison of the Christian to sheep was not really the best. This farmer, who has sheep, knows that they aren’t very smart or intelligent. This is very true, but humility is the way of life for the sheep. With humility being the mother of all virtues, it feels right when the Christ Jesus, the Lamb of God, inspires Christians to be sheep-like.

Sheep have the ability to recognize the voice of their master. In the first century Palestine culture, different shepherds had a common pen which housed a good number of sheep. In the evening, each shepherd would drive their sheep into the pen, so that there would be different sheep in the same pen belonging to different shepherds. When morning comes, each shepherd would stand by the gate of the pen and call out his sheep. They did not have a complex mechanism to sort out which sheep belonged to which shepherd; it was a simple call and response method. The sheep knew the distinct voice of their shepherd, and they would follow only the voice they knew.

God speaks and His followers will do well to know His voice so they can follow Him. The primary way by which God speaks to us is scripture. It reveals the mind, will, character, and nature of God to us. God is consistent. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit speak the same language; they don’t contradict each other. Listen to Jesus, “For these are not my own ideas, but I have told you what the Father said to tell you,” (John 12:49). Concerning the Holy Spirit, Jesus said, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you, (John 14:26). So, Jesus spoke only what the Father told Him. The Holy Spirit reminds us of what Jesus spoke. Do you see the consistency? Scripture is the document of God’s word to us. That’s why I trust and preach it with all conviction. 

Whenever you read the Bible you hear God’s voice. There is always a message in the word. And you have to ask the Holy Spirit to show you the message in the scripture you read. And, you must do well to obey it. So, you see, God has been speaking to you all these while. You want to be attentive, listen, and follow.

PRAYER: Holy Spirit, help me to approach the scripture with a childlike heart, that I may be shaped and transformed by your word. Amen.