Fine Tuning to the Voice
When Not to Listen
Scripture Reading: John 10:7-13
Key Verse: John 10:8
All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them.
As we go back to our scripture in John 10, we see another element of hearing from God. In verse eight Jesus reminds us that there are voices that we must not listen to. Any voice other than the Good Shepherd will lead us to destruction. As Jesus said, “all who ever came before me were thieves and robbers.” We must learn when not to listen. This takes fine tuning to the Good Shepherd’s voice.
Most of us remember the radios that needed fine tuning every so often. These radios were not push button operated. They had a knob which we had to turn, ever so slightly, to fine tune into the station we were trying to listen to. It was frustrating at times to struggle to get the perfect setting for the station. Then, after listening for a while, it seemed to lose the station again and took more fine tuning.
I see our spiritual journey much like these old style radios; we need to fine tune our walk with God. Sometimes the static and noise of this world gets too loud for us to truly hear the voice of God. When this happens, we need to take action. It is a serious matter when worldly voices are coming in clearer than God’s voice. We must determine to fine tune our ability to listen for God’s communication with us. In these next few devotionals we will look at ways to fine tune.
Father, I want to hear your voice above all the other voices that come my way. Help me to stay tuned in to your Holy Spirit and the whispers you give me. In Jesus’ name, amen.