Psalm 29:3-9 – “3The voice of the LORD is over the waters; The God of glory thunders; The LORD is over many waters. 4The voice of the LORD is powerful; The voice of the LORD is full of majesty. 5The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars, Yes, the LORD splinters the cedars of Lebanon. 6He makes them also skip like a calf, Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild ox.
7The voice of the LORD divides the flames of fire. 8The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; The LORD shakes the Wilderness of Kadesh.9The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth, And strips the forests bare; And in His temple everyone says, “Glory!”
This beautiful psalm extols the awesomeness of the Voice of God. The voice of a person expresses a person’s character, thoughts and emotions and attracts attention by its tone and volume. And here is an awe-inspiring exaltation of the voice of God! God still speaks to us in many ways; to those who study the Word of God, the Holy Bible, through the man of God, through songs and hymns, through circumstances and through the Holy Spirit. And God has given His children the promise that He will speak to us…in our ears…audibly! [Isaiah 30:21] Since the past few weeks, I have been hinting at the Rhema Word of God – a specific word from God to a specific person for a specific time. From the Bible, I have hand-picked five individuals who heard the Voice of God that made a tremendous difference to them and to those around them.
Command – call to submission and obedience
Moses heard the voice of God in the desert as he was tending sheep of his father-in-law. Moses was on the job – in the field. Very often, God will speak to us even as we are doing our work. God gives Moses a divine command to go back to Egypt and deliver the people of Israel from bondage. The voice of God demands obedience. To obey is better than sacrifice, said the prophet Samuel. [1 Samuel 15:22] Obedience is the springboard of all of God’s blessing. God will speak to us when we are faithfully fulfilling our responsibilities. Love breeds obedience. Deception flourishes where there is no love. If you love God, you will submit to Him and obey His Voice.
Consecration – Call to separation and availability
1 Samuel 3:1-10
Samuel heard the voice of God in the Temple. He was consecrated to God even before he was born by his mother. He was just a little boy when he heard the voice of God. God can speak to anyone – even a little child! He is ready to speak to anyone who is separated to Him and available for His work. Samuel did not recognize the voice of God as he was young and not used to being spoken to by God, but when he realized it was God; he was more than ready to do the will of God. God spoke to him in the stillness of the night. Be still and know that He is God! [Psalm 46:10]
Comfort – Call to solace and healing
1 Kings 19:9-18
Elijah heard the voice of God as he lay tired and hidden in the cave. God’s voice brought him comfort – a much needed reassurance that gave him solace and healing. Elijah was at a point of helplessness running away from the wicked queen Jezebel. He was filled with fear, confused by the power of evil that was at work in the nation of Israel and physically exhausted. In spite of having performed an awesome miracle by bringing down fire on the sacrifice to God, and later praying down rain here was Elijah – scared! There comes a time in life, when we may be tired, hopeless and helpless and maybe even on the run. The voice of God comforts the broken-hearted, the lonely and every hurting soul.
Commitment – Call to service and sacrifice
Jesus Christ, the Son of God is the perfect example of a life that was set aside for service and sacrifice. Jesus our Lord’s life was a life of commitment to do the work of the Father. At His baptism at the River Jordan, the commending voice of the Father was heard. The Voice of God affirms His Son our Lord Jesus Christ! Jesus in obedience to the Father took on the nature of a man and gave His life as a sacrifice. It was an act of commitment based on the promise that God, the Father had given. The voice of God is a call to service and sacrifice.
Conviction – Call to sincere repentance and wholeness
Paul on the road to Damascus heard the voice of God calling him to sincere repentance. The voice of God convicts us to leave a life of sin. Conviction through the Voice of God may hurt but the eternal judgment that comes because of disobedience is far more painful. Learn by instruction rather than suffer through consequences. There is no blessing without a judgment, no crown without a price, no victory without a battle. The voice of God is a call to repentance and wholeness.
Jesus Himself said that His sheep knows His voice. [John 10:2-4] It is His VOICE that insulates us and empowers us through life’s journey. Put aside everything that distracts and tune your senses to listen to the voice of God. For God still speaks…..!
Because He lives!
Rev. Dr. Ernest V. George
Founder & Senior Pastor