“When he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them. And the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will never follow a stranger, but will run away from him. For they do not know the voice of strangers.” John 10:4-5
Jesus is the good shepherd. We who believe in Jesus are His sheep. Jesus watches over His sheep and leads us. It is in the shepherd’s interest that the sheep should be well and go to the right places. We who believe in Jesus know His voice.
The stranger, the devil, can imitate the words of the shepherd, but not the voice. The devil can quote words from the Bible. He did so when Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, but it is always the wrong word in the wrong context. The stranger’s voice inspires fear, confusion and is pushing or tempting. Listen not only to the words, but to the voice.
Jesus’ voice is warm, gentle and full of peace. Even when Jesus challenges us to take new steps, and it can feel uncomfortable, it is still a loving voice that inspires faith and is always in line with the Bible.
God bless you.
/ David Billström