Friday, February 24, 2006

The Voice of the Lord

"What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops."
--Matthew 10:27

Christ will tell us things secretly; He will tell us things quietly. The still small voice of the Spirit of the Lord is with us daily as we wander around throughout the day and if we do not stop to listen, we may never hear it.

How often do we rise in the morning seeking solitude and silence in order to be in the presence of God and hear the voice of His Son directing us in every aspect of our lives?

And even if we do hear His voice, will we obey? The words of Christ--His guidance, His teaching, His leading--are rarely, if ever, easy. Naturally, we become hesitant and afraid that obedience will lead to loss. That fear is a reality because discipleship is costly. Though this is the truth we are not to fear the possibility of loss, but rather He who has the power to take everything away.

We must not be deceived by the softness of His voice; the voice of God lacks no power whatsoever. For this same gentle voice is majestic! It breaks the cedars of Lebanon, it hews out flames of fire, and shakes the wilderness of Kadesh (Psalm 29:3-9). We must remember that "God said, 'Let there be light' and there was light" (Genesis 1:3).

Our lives are to reflect loudly the voice that commands our every step. In the chaos of the world, we are to be both the light and speak boldly in the light, both a city set on a hill and a people proclaiming on housetops!

By His Grace...
...For His Glory.

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