Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris
I have to wonder whose voice is the sheep listening to that go astray. Godís sheep know his voice. The voice of first calling to repentance is the voice of God. It is not the minister behind the pulpit; it is that still small voice that convicts the heart. It is the same voice that yields you to do His will, and convicts the heart to obey His word. Who is the sheep that allows the thief in without hollering to Jesus that one looks like a wolf in sheep clothing. I have to ask do you not know the shepherd knows it is a wolf, after all he sees the heart. We all were wolves before we got saved.
The wolf continually comes into the sheepfold, perhaps not in mindset to destroy, unless all he sees in lamb chops to roast on the grill. It is the mindset of the one sneaking over into the pen that is disturbing, for see most thieves walk right in the main door and back out again without anyone noticing. The luring of wealth, gold and jewels is what the devil uses. The enticement of something man desires. The thief has no desire to protect the sheep, instead he hope to destroy their lives. Make their life not worth living if at all possible. It is the Grinch that stole Christmas, and yet sees the people still singing the little song, despite all he takes from them.
The thief cares not if he harms one. Only that he gets what he came for. Yet the truth is if Godís people listen to the voice of Jesus they will find themselves not stolen away by the thief. It is the thief that looks for a way to grab from the window of the pen to destroy the flock. Not all that are in the pen listen to Jesus, but they are there in search of Jesus. The wolf wants only what the sheep have. The love of God and to belong with the other sheep. The wolf wants that ability to sing the praises of God even when all else around them is gone. They want to be the Grinch that sits at the feast that returns what he has taken looking like a hero, but really a wolf, and not a sheep at the table.
There is a day coming that Christ will see one dressed at the banquet and say depart because your not one of mine. The devil is not welcome at the last feast but he will be there, hoping to grab one last sheep for a tasty meal. As a sheep it is your responsibility to listen to the shepherd, pray for the wolf to get saved, and love the other sheep of the fold, so that they may hear the shepherdís voice by seeing your love for God in the things you do.
Dear Heavenly Father give the hope of faith to each sheep, so the enticements of the wolf will be lost by the faith and hope in you. In Jesus precious name, Amen.