His Unmistakable Voice

"Anyone refusing to walk through the gate into a sheepfold, who sneaks over the wall, must surely be a thief!  For a shepherd comes through the gate.  The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice and come to him; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out."  John 10:1–3

Do you know someone with an unmistakable voice?  I’m talking about the kind of voice that you can pick out in a crowd—a voice that is distinguishable from any other.

My mother had that kind of voice.  It was a mix of calming teddy bear and Shirley Temple, with just a dash of Bette Davis thrown in.  It was a distinctive voice, one that was always a comfort to me when I heard it. 

When I was a child, my mother was often tasked with helping at the church in the Women’s Missionary Union.  During those times, I was left in the care of others across the hall in the church nursery.  I spent many hours in the church nursery, but as long as I could hear my mother’s voice, I felt comfort. As the sound of her voice drew closer, I knew she was coming for me. The nursery worker would open up the baby gate, and I couldn’t wait to run and jump into my mother’s arms.

Jesus’ voice is unmistakable. There is no voice in all the world as distinctive as His. Do you know that voice? 

He leads us on right paths, staying close beside us (Psalm 23).  He calls us by name.  He knows us, and we are His.  His voice is peace and comfort like nothing else in all the world, and I just can’t wait to run and jump into His arms when He opens wide the gates of Heaven for me.

Do you hear Him?  He’s speaking to you.  Shhh . . . Be still and listen for His unmistakable voice.


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