Have you ever wanted to hear the voice of God? Try this word reflection exercise out and let me know how it goes!
God sees the struggle and hard places. Before Him the entire landscape, all that is us, is known. There will be low and humble valleys and those are not without His wisdom. The Father’s Shepherding presence is all the more careful, tending us well.
“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber.
The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.
The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.
But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”
Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.
Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep.
‘AM’ is the present singular of ‘BE’. It means something that is happening at this present moment. Jesus is saying to us, “I am”. Not will be, not maybe, not might be, but I am.
All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. (kept safe) They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.
Ask yourself what is God saying? Is there a word or phrase, scripture, image, or emotion that comes to you? Write it down.
What about the passage speaks to you?
Where is the Shepherd leading you? Do you believe you are known by God? Under God’s protection and provision there is life. There is fullness.
Test what you have heard by filtering it with more truth about God.
The Lord, the Psalmist’s Shepherd.
A Psalm of David.
The Lord is my Shepherd to feed, to guide and to shield me,
I shall not want.
He lets me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still and quiet waters.
He refreshes and restores my soul life;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
for His name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the sunless or valley of deep darkness. (valley of the shadow of death)
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod to protect and Your staff to guide, they comfort and console me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You have anointed and refreshed my head with In ancient times it was customary in hot climates for a host to provide his guest with olive oil to put on his head. The Lord blesses and anoints His believers with the Holy Spirit, whom oil symbolizes, to prepare them for His service.
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life,
And I shall dwell forever throughout all my days in the house and in the presence of the Lord.