Daily D – John 10:27-28
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.
JOHN 10:27-28 (CSB)
We turn to these verses most often to remind ourselves or to instruct others that salvation is something Jesus gives and our Father in heaven holds onto for us (verses 29 and 30). We cannot earn salvation or keep it. Jesus does all the work. That’s good news.
Tempting as it is, let us not skip over verse 27 in our hurry to get to verses 28 and following.
Deep and satisfying relationships are built upon the foundation of knowing and being known. The deeper the relationship, the fewer the words necessary to communicate and to experience common delights.
Those who expect to hear Jesus, who acknowledge his guidance, and who respond in concerted effort with him demonstrate that they truly know him.
Today is a good day to lean in to listen to Jesus. Draw near. Ask him to speak to your heart. Read his words of truth and life. Notice what he is saying to you. Attune your heart to him. Align your response with his direction. Seek his strength for what he asks of you. Trust him to be true to his nature and character.
I will listen for the voice of Jesus.
Our Father, thank you that you fill every hungry heart. Give us ears to hear what you are saying to us today. Give us willing and obedient hearts to do what you say. Give us deep and abiding faith that what you want for us is better than anything we could want for ourselves. Give us the strength we need for all that is before us. Amen.
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Zechariah 13:9 “This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’ ”
Zechariah 9:9, 10 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the warhorses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.
Ezra 3:12, 13 But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy. No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away.
Daniel 2:30 “As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have greater wisdom than anyone else alive, but so that Your Majesty may know the interpretation and that you may understand what went through your mind.”