Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – August 22, 2016
And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. Revelation 4:1-2
God’s voice has not vanished. He has not lost His voice because of overuse. His vocal cords are not strained but strong. God does not cough or become congested. His voice is clear and intelligible. His voice is all around us; listen and be in awe. Thunder and lightning display His glory in the heavens. We hear His thunder and gaze up in both fear and amazement. His voice reminds us of His glory. It is the Lord’s majestic presence that thunders from above.
John wrote earlier about Jesus standing at the door of a life, waiting to be invited in—now the Lord opens the door to heaven and invites John to come in and experience Him. The voice of God sounds like a trumpet, similar to the sound of the trumpet announcing the resurrection of the dead in Christ (1 Thessalonians 4:16). The Lord is drawing John closer to His throne of grace and worship so He might reveal to his humble servant His vision of things to come. Worship and grace escort us into the presence of our heavenly Father—who is ready to show us His ways.
“God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding” (Job 37:5).
The power of His voice is applied in our life. His voice can be stern in discipline or tender in grace. The powerful voice of Jesus called Lazarus back from the dead, and on the cross He interceded to His Heavenly Father for forgiveness on behalf of His enemies. Use your voice to pray for people who are dead in their sin and in need of a Savior. Lift up your voice on behalf of others who have offended or hurt you. God hears your voice. You are not a lone voice for the Lord.
God’s voice is majestic and regal. He is enthroned above all His creation. Jesus is our King of Kings and Lord of Lords. When He speaks, we listen. His words matter most. The Bible is the wisdom of His words in written form. His voice speaks through the pages of Scripture. So, take what He tells you and obediently apply it to your life. Tell others what Christ tells you. Those of us who hear the voice of God cannot keep quiet. Be a clean conduit for His voice to speak. The voice of God is clear and comprehendible to the ears of a humble heart.
“The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD thunders over the mighty waters” (Psalm 29:3).
PrayerHeavenly Father, speak to my heart the words of Your truth and love.
ApplicationWhat is the Spirit saying to my soul? How can I distinguish God’s voice from competing voices?
Related ReadingPsalm 18:13; Jeremiah 6:10; Philippians 1:14; 1 Thessalonians 4:16
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