John 10:2-5,14 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 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. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”…14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me
My daughter faithfully checks the mail each day hoping to receive a letter from one of her 7 pen-pals. This week, she got to meet her pen-pal from Alaska for the first time. Greeting their family at the door, the girls excitement spilled over with grins and giggles. Knowing each other so well from the shoebox full of letters, they flew right into conversation and slipped upstairs.
From there our family and theirs ventured out for their first Chick-fil-A experience! The girls discussed outdoor activities, excited for my daughters planned visit to Alaska during the summer. Later the girls delighted in attending a meeting with the christian organization that offered the pen-pal program.
After a full evening together, we arrived home my daughter exclaimed, “She’s exactly how I envisioned her from her letters”
It totally dawned on me. That’s exactly how we get to know our Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus Christ.
Todays passage from scripture describes how we know Jesus by His voice. Just like my daughter knew her friend through her letters, we get to know Our Savior more intimately through His Word. An added feature; we’re guided by His Holy Spirit through His Word by prayer. So cool!
Many times in history, man tried to eradicate the Bible. Yet His Word remains and persists through faithful believers. What a privilege we have today, having plentiful access to the Bible!
Dear Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Praise Your Name. You graciously preserved Your Word and freely provided it for us to know You! Let us continue in deep correspondence with You as we await our face-to-face meeting on the last day… but the first day of eternity with You! ~Amen
As we await the return of Our Lord Jesus, check out Restore My Joy to recount how excited the disciples were to see Jesus cooking up breakfast on the shore before His went back to heaven.
Extra Bible verses:
Isaiah 40:6 quotes in 1 Peter 1:24-25
Some examples of man trying to eradicate God’s word include: Domitian in Rome (from 81-96), Jehoiakim (Jeremiah 36), Antiochus (The Apocrypha, 1 Maccabees 1:56-57), Valerius Diocletian (A.D. 303), Romanizers forbidding Tyndale’s English version of the Bible, Voltaire (1700’s). Communism tried. Numerous xenophobic nations tried and still some try today, yet the underground church flourishes, secretly preserving God’s word.