John 10:5 They won’t follow a stranger’s voice but will scatter because they aren’t used to the sound of it.” (The Message Bible)
I don’t know much about sheep but our family did have a dog once. I would enjoy getting up early and taking him to the park so I could let him off the leash before others arrived. I could let him roam far and wide but he would come at a dead run when I called. Pets and I guess sheep are not dumb animals. They know the voice of the one who cares for them. When we consistently spend time with God through prayer, scripture, worship, ministry, etc., we learn to distinguish God’s voice in the midst of all the extraneous sounds that fill our lives. Where are you hearing the voice of the shepherd this week?