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Let's talk about a goat. "You wouldn't kid us, would you Ron?" No, I'm serious, and that's terrible. It's not a goat I've ever met. I mean, I lived in the New York area most of my life. Where would I meet a goat? But there's this college student who told me about this goat that he met in Israel on a college-sponsored trip. Now, Bill and his buddies were hiking in this desert-like area that's between Jerusalem and Jericho. It's the area actually where Jesus said that man was attacked by thieves. You know the one who was helped by the Good Samaritan?
Well, these students saw some New Testament looking shepherds. I mean they're dressed in their robes that you might see like in a Christmas play at church. And they were herding their flock of goats across this wadi and up an embankment. Somehow one little goat strayed off and got left behind. Bill and his friends heard this goat bleating mournfully, so Bill went over and picked up the frightened animal, held him in his arms, and he talked to this kid and tried to settle it down. At that point, one of the shepherds appeared on top of the embankment and he was looking for his missing goat of course. And the shepherd just called out. The instant that animal heard that voice, he bolted out of Bill's arms and up the embankment to his shepherd.
But you got there by a thousand daily little obediences; listening to His voice. See, the macro will of God is the sum total of a thousand micro wills that you get on a daily basis. You'll walk into His will naturally. In a sense, you won't have to find God's will. God's will is going to find you.
Like that little goat, you just have to accumulate experience in hearing your Shepherd's voice in your heart, each day, all through the day. And then when He calls, you'll leap His direction, because all of us Shepherd-needing folks are trained by one vital skill. We all need to be voice majors; majoring in recognizing the voice of our Jesus.
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