5th July 2020

The Voice in the Dark 

To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.”
John 10:3-4 (ESV)

In the military they have a saying: the mark of a true chaplain is that your soldiers know your voice in the dark. You should have spent so much time with them and they trust you so deeply, that even in the darkness and smoke of battle they know your voice.

Jesus talks about this recognition in the header scripture above. We, as Jesus’ sheep, know his voice deep down. In our spirits, we can recognise his voice calling to us through the circumstances of our lives and through his word. Studies show that even in the womb a mother’s voice soothes her baby. The heartbeat relaxes and the baby responds. Sound is deeply wired into our consciousness. So, it’s no surprise that Jesus would portray his draw on our lives as the sound of his voice. The actual image used here is probably of a communal pen where the sheep were kept. The Shepherd came to the gate and called them, and they’d be drawn by his voice.

Sheep aren’t smart animals. They wander off, they eat manure, they get snatched by predators. Their only hope is a protective Shepherd. Jesus describes a shepherd as one who calls and leads, not the driving, abusive person shepherds sometimes were. He calls gently, and he leads with mercy.

Gracious Father, may we be so attuned to your Son that we know his voice in the darkness of this age. No matter what our difficulties, no matter the loudness of this distracted age in which we live, we ask to hear his voice above it all—always encouraging us, leading us and guiding us. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study presented by Greg Williams


About the Presenter:
The Day by Day each Sunday is taken from ‘Speaking of Life,’ (https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/), a public resource video on the USA website of Grace Communion International. Greg Williams is President of Grace Communion International and lives in North Carolina, USA.

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