Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – December 16, 2015
The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD thunders over the mighty waters. Psalm 29:3
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.
The glory of God governs the heavens. He is the source of light, heat, cold and darkness. God is the creator and sustainer of the earth. His creation continues because He continues to recreate. Just as humans are an ongoing creation of the Lord’s, so earth is the Lord’s ongoing creation. He resides in eternity but still engages with earth. His glory has not been gutted but validated by scientific explanation. Christ can be seen in all corners of His creation. His voice is clear.
“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.
“Now, Lord consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness” (Acts 4:29).
Prayer: Heavenly Father, speak to my heart the words of Your truth and love.
Application: What is the Spirit saying to my soul? How can I distinguish God’s voice from competing voices?
Related Readings: Psalm 18:13; Jeremiah 6:10; Philippians 1:14; 1 Thessalonians 4:16
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