by kirsten aufhammmer
Sometimes, a visual representation of a concept makes things much clearer than just words. Today’s blog post is visual devotional. Take a few moments to really look at both sides of the picture individually.
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27 (NLT)
They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice. John 10:5
When he (the enemy) lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44
I originally created this artwork as two separate pieces. I wanted to represent the emotional state that can happen depending on whose voice we are listening to on a day to day basis. I then decided to combine the two pieces into one because often times we struggle with staying focused on listening to the Lord’s voice when we are overwhelmed by our circumstances. When that happens, there can be a dissonant feeling of unrest, confusion, and frustration. When I look at the two pieces side by side it is awkward, uncomfortable, and aggravating.
That is exactly how I feel when I listen to the enemy’s lies instead of God’s truth!
I spent years of my life miserable as I listened to the enemy’s lies (told to me by other people and told to me by my own inner dialogue). As I turned back towards the Lord, I began to recognize that what was being said about me was not true. What the Lord said about me in His word was the truth. I began to listen to His voice and follow Him. Each day I had to make a choice to listen to His voice and to ignore the lies. I believe that each of us has that choice to make. If you look at the picture above, I think most of us would much prefer to be the person on the right!
Whose voice are you going to choose to listen to?