The (real) voice

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We’re obsessed … seriously … as a family with the show “The Voice.” Easily, it’s the best show on TV and as a family we can’t get enough. When it finishes, I think we all suffer a combination of denial and withdrawal. It just is what it is … and we’re unapologetic about is. Ha!

So why are we all so gripped by a TV show? There are so many reasons, but I think at the heart of it is truly the name and the principle. Each of the voices on the show are so incredibly talented, so unique. Singing is something each of Helen, Jared, and Courtney and I unanimously agree is a talent we pray God gives us when we get to the kingdom someday. Clearly because it wasn’t a gift He’s given us here and now. But it’s more than just singing. The voices we hear tell stories. They express pain and yet hopefulness. They allow us to peer inside someone to see their heart. They have the power to heal and help. Moreover, they draw us closer to the one with the voice.

At the risk of anthropomorphizing God too much (yup, SAT word … would have gained me CRAZY points in Scrabble), He has a voice, too. And while reading through Psalms 28-33 and Proverbs 5 this week, it struck me that there’s some aspects of God’s voice on which I should camp out this week. Psalm 29:3-9 is our campsite …

The voice of the Lord echoes above the sea. The God of glory thunders. The Lord thunders over the mighty sea. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic. The voice of the Lord splits the mighty cedars; the Lord shatters the cedars of Lebanon. He makes Lebanon’s mountains skip like a calf; he makes Mount Hermon leap like a young wild ox. The voice of the Lord strikes with bolts of lightning. The voice of the Lord makes the barren wilderness quake; the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord twists mighty oaks and strips the forests bare. In his Temple everyone shouts, “Glory!”

Think about the magnitude of what that just said. The voice of the Lord echoes over the sea, thunders, is powerful, splits mighty cedars, strikes with bolts of lightning, causes the very earth to shake. Whoa! That is God’s voice! Now we might be tempted to think about those words being figurative, poetic language. But think further.

In Genesis 1, we see eleven times God saying something. Expressing with His voice. But more than that, because as we read that chapter, most of the times God said something … our universe and all its physical attributes resulted. That is, it was created from His voice. That is anything but figurative language. It is the epitome, in fact, of power and might. Think about it, He spoke with His voice … and LIGHT was created. You know, that incredibly powerful and mysterious expression of electromagnetic radiation that travels 300 million meters per second? He just said, “Exist,” with His voice, and it did.

Not to mention, that same voice created our entire universe, all the solar systems, our planet, you, me, etc., etc. His VOICE did that.

Now … here’s the cool part. That very same voice … of power, magnitude, supremacy, authority, sovereignty (and so much more) … is also the very still, small voice that the Bible says God uses to speak to us in order to lovingly guide us toward His best plans for our lives. It’s the voice that tells us “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.” (Jeremiah 31:3) It’s the voice that gives us a promise that He will never leave us or forsake us. It’s the voice that tells us if we acknowledge and accept Jesus in our hearts we can be 100% guaranteed to spend all eternity with Him in heaven in a condition fully restored to the way God planned us to be … no more hurt, pain, sadness, sorrow, etc. It’s the voice that says, “When you can’t go on, when you can’t help yourself, when you can’t persevere … I AM and I can!”

Frankly, it’s the voice of indelible power that some of us need to hear rather than our own voices … voices that have been marred in the past by other voices telling us we’re not good enough, unworthy of love, not capable of doing anything well, that the world has all the pleasure and delight we could want, that we should follow our own hearts, and all sorts of other lies. God’s voice is the voice that CANNOT lie.

His voice is a voice that can speak to the entirety of His creation and our universe, and also speak personally, individual to you and to me. Now that’s the REAL voice!

So when we need hope, His voice is there. When we need reassuring, His voice is there. When we need love, His voice is there. The same tenderness that is the still, small voice is the same voice that created the universe and shakes the very ground under our feet.

Is there any doubt, then, that we can rely on His promises. Is there any reason to fear that what He tells us in His word, through His people, is not reliable? When we look at His word in His Bible, it is the very manifestation of His voice. Powerful, dependable. It’s the true, REAL voice! Let’s hold on to that amazing truth this week. Let’s ask God this week to express His voice to each of us exactly where and how we need. That’s my prayer for you and me this week.

Soli Deo gloria!

MR

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