John 10:27 (NIV®)
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”
Most of us like to think we’re good listeners. In reality, many of us could use some improvement in that area. Have you ever been on the receiving end of a story, or instructions, or a deeply personal account, and you just checked out? You lost focus, and your mind wandered. If the speaker was someone you knew well, they may have grown frustrated and asked, “Are you even listening to me?” I’ve observed in myself and others that we are not always the best listeners when God is trying to get our attention. That has to change. We have to learn to listen to Him more attentively. We need to learn to listen to Him on purpose. We don’t want God growing frustrated with us and asking, “Are you even listening to Me?” We want to be aware and sensitive, and we also want to act on what we hear.
THINK ABOUT IT
Jesus didn’t say that His sheep hear His voice and start asking questions, or sit down on their fluffy backsides, or grow bored and wander away. They hear His voice, and they follow Him.
Heavenly Father, forgive me for when I have “checked out” and tuned You out. I am sorry for missing what You said. Help me to focus consistently and intently on knowing and hearing Your voice, following You closely all my days. In Jesus’ name, amen.