Following the Sound of God's Voice

The eyes of a newborn baby will instinctively follow the sound of the people she knows. While in the safety of the womb, she grew to hear and recognize her mother's and possibly her father's voice. Similarly for us, we are invited to listen and remember the sound of the Voice who lovingly formed us. Jesus reminds us to return to that womb-like place of the Father's compassion - where we are fully known and loved - and literally hear God's heart as we listen to the words.

John 10:22-30 (NLT)
It was now winter, and Jesus was in Jerusalem at the time of Hanukkah, the Festival of Dedication. 23 He was in the Temple, walking through the section known as Solomon’s Colonnade. 24 The people surrounded him and asked, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”
25 Jesus replied, “I have already told you, and you don’t believe me. The proof is the work I do in my Father’s name. 26 But you don’t believe me because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, 29 for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. 30 The Father and I are one.”

For Reflection and Prayer:
What did you hear as you listened to the text? Did a word or phrase stand out in particular?

Meditate on this word, phrase or picture. Is there more God wants to say to you?

Place yourself in this conversation. Who are you? What are you thinking? What are you feeling? What do you want to say to Jesus? What does he in turn say to you?

Savor any consoling words or pictures God gives you. Simply rest in God’s presence.

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Come, Follow Me

Jesus is calling. Always, in every moment, he is calling you to come to him. How do you hear his voice calling? Sometimes we hear it in the dissatisfaction with how we are experiencing life. His invitations quicken hope and life within us and by faith we risk following him into a different way of living.

Mark 1:14-20 NLT
Later on, after John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee, where he preached God’s Good News. 15 “The time promised by God has come at last!” he announced. “The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!”

16 One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. 17 Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” 18 And they left their nets at once and followed him.

19 A little farther up the shore Jesus saw Zebedee’s sons, James and John, in a boat repairing their nets. 20 He called them at once, and they also followed him, leaving their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired men.

For your Reflection and Prayer:
What word or phrase spoke to you as you listened to the text?

What do you notice about Jesus here?

How do you hear Jesus calling you? What does his voice sound like?

Is there something God seems to be speaking to you through this text?