"I 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 a robber! But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The 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. After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.” John 10:1-5
I don’t know about you, but for some reason, I find it easy to trust what “man” has to say. If a Dr. gives me a diagnosis, I believe him. If a friend says something hurtful to me, I believe them. If a teacher tells me that my child is a failure, I take them at their word.
And what about Satan? He’s very easy to believe. After all, what he whispers in my ear often aligns with what I already think about myself so it must be true. “You’ve failed too many times for God to use you” – yep, makes sense. “If someone pretends to care about you it’s only because they want something from you.” Seems to fit with my life experiences so it must be true.
Why is it so much easier to trust what people and Satan say than it is to trust what God has to say?
Trusting God isn’t always easy, especially when faced with difficult circumstances. It becomes even more difficult when we are bombarded with so much “noise” around us.
God’s word is filled with his truth along with account after account to back it up. And if that isn’t enough, he proves himself over and over again in our lives and the lives of those around us. Yet when he tells us we are chosen and dearly loved (Colossians 3:12) we choose to listen to the lies of the enemy over His truth. Or when he promises that we can do all things through Christ, who gives us strength (Philippians 4:13) we choose to focus on the mountain that is in front of us instead of on the promises of God.
My prayer is that I will grow so close in my relationship with Christ, that his voice will be the only one that I hear. And that all others will be clearly recognizable as “strangers”.
- Whose voice are you listening to? The voice of your Heavenly Father or the voice of strangers?
- What is it that is keeping you from trusting God?
- Which one of God’s promises do you need to be reminded of?
Dig into his word today and listen to what God has to say about your current situation.
Dear God, thank you that I can trust you. Forgive me for trusting the “voice of strangers” instead of your voice. Help me to know you so well that I will be able to easily distinguish your voice from all the others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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