Scripture Reading: John 10:22-30
At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon.
So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”
Jesus answered, “I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me; but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand.
What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.”
Devotional Note: Many are looking for something. Whether it be a better job, the weekend, a new mate, another child, or a new purchase. We see God’s works all around us but don’t recognize God in them. We see miracles of life, birth, and provision, but we don’t really see the miraculous. Like the Pharisees, all we can see is our city, the weather, our church. We let ourselves get distracted by our desires, but miss the Shepherd’s voice. I challenge you to take time to look around. Stop and listen. Slow the world down long enough that you see Jesus in the people next to you. Pay attention to the miraculous. Listen for the Shepherd’s voice. He is always speaking. Will you listen? Will you see?