How many Christians can say that we know God’s voice? We don’t necessarily hear an audible voice but we ought to recognize the Holy Spirit speaking to us in our hearts (inner being).
Jesus said in 10:4 “…his sheep follow him because they know his voice”). Contrast this with v.12-13
“The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.”(John 10:12-13, NIV)
In today’s world, who might be represented by the hired hand? There are lots of other voices in this world telling us what we ought to believe and how we should think. But they don’t really care about us.
Jesus is like the true shepherd because he owns us. We belong to Jesus and we ought to know his voice. “Hired hands” might claim they speak on behalf of God but they do not truly care about us. They may speak some truths and say things we may agree with. But their hearts are not for us as God’s heart is for his own children. We follow Jesus, our Father and our guide (Spirit).
“Lord, thank you for being my father. I belong to you; and I follow no other. I may hear the voices of this world, but these voices are not your voice. Give me discernment so that I may recognize your voice and not be confused with the voices of the world. Amen.”