Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, July 15, 2012

God's Voice

Suddenly Lizzie found herself alone. She and her dad had gone to Target trying to find the blender Mom wanted for her birthday. As her dad described what they were looking for, Lizzie noticed an aisle full of dolls. She ran over to them and stared at the many different kinds of baby dolls. I sure would like to have one of those, she thought. “Daddy, can I have.....,” her sentence interrupted by the realization that she stood all by herself. “Daddy, Daddy!” she screamed.

“Come here, honey,” she heard someone say, but immediately she knew it wasn’t her daddy. Frantically she looked around finding no familiar face. Hearing several other male voices, she ran toward them but didn’t hear her dad. “I don’t see or hear my Daddy,” she fretted, “I only see strangers.” 

All of a sudden, a voice cried out, “Lizzie, where are you?” In that moment, Lizzie knew the voice. There was no confusing it. Voices of other people had been audible, but they weren’t the voice of her daddy. “I’m over here,” she sighed with relief. 

Never before had Lizzie felt so pleased to see her dad. She ran into his arms and asked, “Where were you, Daddy?”
“Sweetie, I didn’t go anywhere. You left me. Why? What got your attention?” he asked sadly.
“I saw a bunch of baby dolls. There were so many I just had to get close to see them all,” she quietly replied with her head down, her lower lip protruding, and tears dripping off her face. “I’m sorry,” she said. 
“Everything’s fine now,” her daddy said as he tightly squeezed her. “You need to always stay with me when we’re running errands. You never know what might happen and I want to keep you safe.”
“Daddy, I was so scared, but I knew it was you when I heard you call my name,” Lizzie said with certainty. “I won’t walk away from you again.”
“I’m so thankful,” her dad said with a smile.
Have you ever wandered away from God, trying to get a glimpse of something that caught your eye? Its alluring attractiveness gripped and grabbed so intensely that you found yourself lost. Nothing seemed familiar and a cacophony of voices cried out in contention. What is happening, you feebly ask yourself as you begin to search for comfortable surroundings.
It’s been said that we are a lot like sheep; even Jesus said so. Sadly it is no compliment. Sheep are among the dumbest animals of all, plus they frequently stray and get lost. Sheep need a shepherd and so do we; both having no survival skills out in the wild. But sheep are extremely efficient in recognizing the voice of their shepherd. If they stray and the shepherd is able to locate them, he calls them and they follow him home, even if other voices are calling. Jesus uses that analogy in John 10:3-5 (below), describing His sheep that know His voice and follow Him.
...and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.” (NASB)
If a sheep has not strayed to the point of no return, it will hear it’s shepherd voice and follow him home. The shepherd will rejoice over that returned sheep just like Lizzie’s dad did and just as the shepherd did in Jesus’ Parable of the Lost Sheep in Luke 15:3-7. 
If you (and even your child) have discovered that you have lost your way, listen for the voice of the Shepherd. As it says in Isaiah 28:23: Give ear and hear my voice, Listen and hear my words. (NASB) When you’ve heard the Shepherd’s voice, you will follow because you know your Shepherd’s voice just as He knows yours. Hear what Jesus says in John 10:27-28: My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. (NASB)
Now that is good news, and there’s even better news. Your Shepherd doesn’t wait until you’re lost to come looking for you. He’s standing at the door of your heart, knocking and waiting for you to let Him come in. Do you hear His voice? Will you let Him in? Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.  Rev. 3:20 (NASB)
AMEN. Come, Lord Jesus!

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