The Voice of the Lord

 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters.AND GOD SAID,“Let there be light”; and there was light.

AND GOD SAID, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.”

11 AND GOD SAID, “Let the earth put forth vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, upon the earth.” And it was so.

14 AND GOD SAID, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so.

20 AND GOD SAID, “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the firmament of the heavens.”

24 AND GOD SAID, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so.

26 THEN GOD SAID, “Let us make man in Our Image, after Our Likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (From Genesis 1)

What do we hear in our minds when we read this passage? What sound, pitch, volume, intensity, intonation is speaking to us internally when reading this? Do we hear power, the tone of the One in charge? Do we hear love and tenderness in the Voice of the One who created us in His own Image?

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The Voice of the Lord.

30 “Now when forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in a flame of fire in a bush. 31 When Moses saw it he wondered at the sight; and as he drew near to look, the Voice of the Lord came, 32 ‘I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob.’ And Moses trembled and did not dare to look. 33 And the Lord said to him, ‘Take off the shoes from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. (Acts 7:30-33)

Are we bowed down and humbled inside before the God of our ancestors, the Holy One whose Presence we are with through His Word? Can we hear the Voice of His authority, the Voice of His Holiness? Are we in awe and trembling like Moses?

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The Voice of the Lord

16 And when Jesus was baptized, He went up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on Him; 17 and lo, a Voice from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:16-17)

Are we speechless before the Lord God and His Son? In God’s Voice do we hear tenderness, parental pride? Can we, also, hear the tinge of sadness that obedience here will lead to obedience on the cross?

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The Voice of the Lord

Hearing with awe,

Listening in humility,

Bowing to His Voice

In obedience and love.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 08/11/19) teacherforjesus.com Meditations on God’s Word

Following the Voice of the Lord

God speaks His Voice

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” (John 10:27)

 I heard the Voice. I questioned Who was speaking.

I heard the Voice. I was too busy to listen.

I heard the Voice. I didn’t want to get involved.

I heard the Voice. I couldn’t possibly be the instrument.

I heard the Voice. I began to feel the urgency.

I heard the Voice. I spoke out loud, “All right, Lord!”

So I called my best friend and asked for her daughter’s number. I said I had to call her daughter, that it was urgent. I had never called her daughter before on the phone. This seemed confusing to my friend, but she gave me the number after I told her that her daughter absolutely had to go to Bible study this Sunday.

I heard the young woman’s voice when I called, a question in the tone after I identified myself. Her thoughts spoke in the pause, “Why would she be calling me?”

I told her that I heard His Voice, over and over again the entire day, telling me to call her, urging me to tell her to attend the young adult Bible class Sunday morning. I could hear the question again in her response, but after continued efforts to convince her to attend the Bible class, she said she would consider it. The voice wasn’t what I had wanted to hear, but I hung up the phone and prayed that she would go.

Have you ever heard His Voice, compelling you to go, to do, to speak, to become involved? How did you answer Him?

I have heard His Voice. He was there, whispering to me, calling to me repeatedly all day long. I could not shut Him out. I could not ignore Him. I had to make the call.

This story is real. And the ending was fairy tale in human lore. The Bible teacher–a young man, not yet engaged– spoke on marriage that Sunday morning. Happily ever after, there was an engagement and, then, a marriage and, later, a family. To this day, this young couple is very involved in youth ministry, in teaching, and in leading young people to hear and respond to His Voice.

And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left. (Isaiah 30:21)

Let us listen and hear His Voice leading us, guiding us, directing us to do His Will.

 “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations;

I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10)

 (Sharon G. Tate blog 01/15/17) teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word