Written by Brandon Rood
Isn’t it true that we are drawn to the voices we are most familiar with and the people we are closest to? I remember being able to identify exactly where my dad was sitting when he went and sat down in the sanctuary at church. I would be running around playing with my friends before service began. When it came time to start service I would run to the entrance of the big room and listen for my dad to clear his throat (which he did fairly often) and went running towards the sound. That sound pierced through the noise of all the other voices around me. Why? I had spent a lot of time with my dad, my whole life! I knew his words and his ways. Had it been anyone else clearing their throat I wouldn’t have noticed. Now that I’m married with kids I can understand this even more. When someone says something funny in a group of people I can always identify my wife’s laughter and know where she is. It pierces through all the other noise because I know her, and I’ve spent a great deal of time getting to know her. I always know where my children are when they’re playing with a large group of kids by the sound of their laughter.
John 10:27 says, “My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me.”
Jesus had clearly earned quite a reputation and following at this point in his story. He had walked on water, fed five thousand people, turned water into wine, healed a man who was blind and paralyzed, and through his teachings given people many opportunities to know who he was. This was a big deal because God’s people had been waiting over four hundred years for a savior to come set them free and make them a great nation once again like all of the prophets in the Old Testament kept speaking of. Jesus had clearly demonstrated who he was to those who followed him, believed in him, and were close with him. They knew his voice.
Jesus was walking along the temple in Jerusalem when a group of Jews surrounded him and asked, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” What does their question reveal about those asking him?
Reflect on your own relationship with Jesus now. We are called to be disciples of Jesus. This means we are called to follow him, build a relationship with him, act like he acts, speak like he speaks, and do what he asks us to do. This requires time, commitment, and effort in getting to know Him, just like it does in building a relationship with your parents, your spouse, and your kids.
Take time now and talk to Jesus.
“Jesus, thank you for saving me and adopting me into your family. Would you please help me build my relationship with you as your child? Help me to become familiar with your voice so that it pierces through the other noise. Help me to learn your words and your ways. Help me to ______.”
If you want help understanding how to hear the voice of God in practical ways, there are opportunities here at SCC. Talk to someone who has a healthy prayer life and ask them how they hear the voice of God. SCC also offers a class on learning how to pray where they cover that.