Archive

Posts Tagged ‘Voice of God’

Could I Have Your Attention, Please?

October 18, 2018 Leave a comment

Voices! We hear voices each and every day. They tell us to order this, pay attention to that, go there, come here.

Other voices post on our Facebook page, our Twitter feed, our social media sites, wanting us to sign this, like that, watch that, play this.

Who merits our attention? Whose voice is the worthy voice?

A crippled old man appears in the gospel of John to answer these questions. (John 5:1-17).

He doesn’t have a name in the gospel, but everyone at the pool of Bethesda knew him. He’d been lying there for thirty-eight years, unable to take advantage of the pool’s healing properties. Then, Jesus stopped by one day, and, in one instantaneous moment, He took care of the crippled man’s lifelong problem.

Following Jesus’ instructions, the Man Made Whole gathered up his bedroll and walked away. Later, when asked by the religious leaders what he thought he was doing carrying around his bed on a Sabbath, he told them he was doing what he’d been instructed to do by the man who’d healed him, by the man who had enough authority to make him whole again.

The Man Made Whole was carrying his bed—in defiance of the religious authorities—because he recognized  someone who was able to give life to his withered limbs was someone with authority, someone worthy of his attention.

This same man, this Jesus of Nazareth, healed me one day. He healed me of a lifelong sin problem, a sickness so severe I was doomed for eternal destruction. He did so by taking sin’s disease on Himself and paying the price for it Himself. Now, he commands me to take up my life and live it for Him.

His  voice is a voice worth hearing.

Listen to His words from the rest of John 5,Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself.” (25-26)

Advertisements

The Sound Of God Singing Over Me

December 2, 2014 Leave a comment

notes staffA verse has been playing around in my head for the past couple of weeks. I read it during my Quiet Time one morning, and, since then, I’ve meditated on it, looked up the context, searched for thoughts online about it, and, perhaps needless to say, prayed about it.

Here it is: “He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by his love; He will exult over you with loud singing.” Zephaniah 3:17.

The phrase, “He will exult over you with loud singing,” is the part that struck a chord in me–oops, sorry, just couldn’t resist that pun. As if it weren’t enough to picture the God of the Universe singing over me, this verse says He will do His singing in a “loud” voice.

When the children of Israel heard the voice of God in the wilderness, they were afraid they might die (Deuteronomy 5:25-27). They were so terrified of hearing God’s voice they asked for His words to be filtered through an intermediary, and Moses became the mediator between the people and God for that very reason. If this incident is any indication of how God’s teaching voice sounded, then I can only imagine what the sound of His loud singing voice might be.

Yet, the writer doesn’t seem to be saying, God’s singing is a fearful thing. In fact, the loud singing part follows another interesting descriptive phrase concerning God, one that pictures Him acting as a comforter: The verse, “He will quiet you by his love,” brings to mind a mother soothing a fretful, restless child by her acts of love–a lullaby, a pat on the back, a hug.

For this reason, I believe His singing is also an act of love, and, just because it’s loud, doesn’t mean God’s exulting over us is a frightening thing. Instead, this is where the first part of the verse, “He will rejoice over you with gladness,” comes into play. This phrase pictures joy, happiness, and exuberance, and in God’s happiness over His children, He breaks out in exuberant song.

What this sentence does is describe all the different aspects of a parent’s love for a child. It also gives us a complete picture of our Heavenly Parent–one who is able to rejoice over us, soothe us, and creatively express His joyful love for us in song.

I’m looking forward to that day when my Heavenly Father will sing over me. Perhaps, each and every day of eternity, He’ll compose a new song, a unique song, just for me.

And, if you’re His child, He’ll do the same for you!

 

 

 

 

%d bloggers like this: