The relationship between the shepherd and the sheep is almost symbiotic — the shepherd knows the sheep and what they need, perhaps even before they realize they need it, and the sheep respond to the shepherd. They know and trust his voice, responding to his glance or the intake of breath, perhaps even without realizing how intimately they follow. This kind of intimacy, this kind of daily mutual connection and responsiveness, this is the way God means it to be between himself and us. It is God’s design and dear desire that we will hear his voice, that we will be known by him and trust him, and that we will follow him.
Sermon from The Table on 5/12/19.