“I turned 21 in prison doing life without parole. No one could steer me right, but mama tried. Mama tried, to raise me better, but her pleading I denied, that leaves only me to blame cause mama tried (Merle Haggard).” As the young man brought pain to himself and his mother by rejecting her voice, we bring pain to ourselves and others when we reject the voice of the Good Shepherd (John 10:22-27).
When it comes to steering us right, the Holy Spirit has tried, but have we listened? I know I have had trouble listening and following the voice of the divine Shepherd through the Holy Spirit. It is not that God has not spoken, it is that I have not listened with the intent to follow. Do we hear the voice of Christ speaking to us? May we listen with the intent to follow.