Monday, November 12, 2018

Daily Devotional

Uncertainty and indecision were giants that David encountered. David learned to seek and trust God’s wisdom. He developed a life of communion with God and learned to recognize God’s voice. So, can we.

John 10.1-7

“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.

Monday, November 12, 2018

“Sheep identify the voices of their masters by experience. That is one of the images the scriptures use over and over to emphasize the learning of the voice. In time, you learn the difference in the spirit, the tone, and the content of the thoughts that come to mind. You can get pretty good at recognizing if a thought has come to you from God. For one thing, God will never nag or whine at you. By contrast, I have found that there is always a quality of nervousness, of tininess, about one’s own thoughts.” (Dallas Willard, The Allure of Gentleness)