As Elijah’s story and other accounts clearly illustrate, the prophets in the Old Testament were directed by God’s voice. New Testament believers have an even better deal – Jesus’ promise that He will speak to His sheep. We don’t have to be prophets to hear from God. But just as Elijah learned to recognize God’s voice, we must learn to hear the words of our Shepherd. Fortunately, we have the additional benefit of access to the Bible to help discern truth from error.
Questions for further thought:
1. When you’re “in the wilderness,” is your first instinct to talk to God or to find your own way out?
2. What does Jesus’ description of Himself as the Good Shepherd mean to you in practical, everyday terms?
Challenge: 2020 was a wilderness year for many of us. If you’re in your own wilderness now, read the passages describing Jesus as the Good Shepherd again, along with Psalm 23. Ask for God’s strength and leading to guide you out of the wilderness.
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