The Necessary Voice

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: John 10:1-21; Prov 4:11-13

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
John 10:4
And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.

Knowing His voice – how important and yet lacking this is in the lives of many Christians! Some have given up hearing God’s voice altogether, having decided that all one needs to do is read the Bible. The Bible is objective, but hearing a “voice” is subjective – they would say. Yet, they do not realise that their reading of the Bible is subjective as long as it is “theirs”. One could read the book of Acts and decide that we should declare the gospel openly and loudly in Shenton Way, regardless of what the authorities say. Another would read the same book and decide that such an action is unnecessary. So who is the wiser of the two? Only he who hears the Voice.

As a pastor, and esp. as a pastor “in charge”, I have to make many decisions – big and small, complex and more complex. For most of these decisions, the Bible does not give clear guidance – e.g. do we cancel Christmas morning services so that the church can be a family of faith in an entirely different setting, like the Sports Hub? The critique would say – applying the Bible is common sense! But I would ask – who’s “sense”, and please, define “common”? If only the crowds had heard His voice, they would not have cried out in unison – “crucify Him!”.

Lord, teach me, teach me to hear You. Help me to be willing to follow, even if what I hear is not to my liking.

Day 216

by Rev Joel Yong

Ezekiel 3:1-3
And he said to me, Son of man, eat whatever you find here. Eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel. So I opened my mouth, and he gave me this scroll to eat. And he said to me, Son of man, feed your belly with this scroll that I give you and fill your stomach with it. Then I ate it, and it was in my mouth as sweet as honey.

Ezekiel was going to a people who were disbelieving.

To ensure he would be faithful and deliver the word- he was asked to digest it.

We go out into a world each day too- and not all believe what we believe.
How are you digesting the Word each day and internalizing it in your life?

If you don’t- how can you influence the world? You will be influenced by it instead!