Following the Shepherd

It is an amazing experience to hear the Voice of the Lord. I am always so overwhelmed by that gentle word to my heart from the great Shepherd of our souls.

Lately, I have been being drawn by Him into a season of honing my listening ears that I might more easily hear Him, as He said, "My sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow Me." John 10:27 NLT.

What usually happens, however, is that I am given instructions with which I wrestle . Now, I don't wrestle with obeying the Lord, I begin to wrestle with, knowing myself, if I am actually hearing Him and not just getting caught up in emotion or my own created desires. I usually follow that with the spirit of Gideon....wet the fleece, dry the fleece, etc.

What I am learning is that I really do know His Voice and I can rest in knowing that He will not lead me astray. That I don't have to know the "why" He wants me to do something, just that He does. I am striving to get to the place where my immediate response is "yes Sir!" To obey His bidding with no thought of what I get in return. It is just my great honor to be one to whom He is willing to entrust anything. To be on an errand for the King, Himself, really is all the 'reward' one should need.

If you wrestle with whether it is His Voice or your thoughts, I want to encourage you to become a student of the Word. This is the best way to train our "ears" to hear His Voice. After all, He is the Word and the more we get His Word in us, the easier it is to hear that gentle spoken Voice that leads us on.

This little sheep, for one, loves that He knows me and I am ready to follow wherever He goes. Speak to me oh great Shepherd and lead me in the way everlasting!