"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them,
and they follow me."
I love the sound of my wife’s voice in our home. When she is away or has been out, I have waited a long afternoon and evening to see her. She finally opens the front door, her voice ringing out, “I’m home!” I love to hear that!
But the people of God don’t always feel this way towards His voice. We are not always so eager to hear it. In the garden, after the great disobedience, God called out to His children, “where are you?” But they were ashamed and hid when they heard Him. With His powerful voice God called for creation, and it was. Psalm 29 says God’s words are strong enough to break mighty trees down: “The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon” (v. 5).
It is stunning, then, to realize that we – the Bride of Christ – are wooed softly by His voice. He powerfully yet gently calls us. Jeremiah predicted a day of celebration after sorrow. A day with “sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom.” Jesus fulfills that promise, calling out to us.
OUR BRIDEGROOM KNOWS US EACH BY NAME. WE HEAR HIS VOICE AND FOLLOW.