Monday, June 26, 2017

The Power Of A Voice

I was in a waiting room at the Doctors office when a lady walked in with three somewhat rowdy and slightly disrespectful elementary age boys. She was trying her best to control the children without losing her cool. She looked at me with a look of apology for the boys acting so wild. With that glance, I decided to step in. I addressed the boys gently but firmly and said, “Hey guys, this isn’t the place to run around. Will you please sit down?” They responded with a look of shock, and they slowly went to their seats. I then inquired about their ages and preceded to tell them about a boys program that I was leading at the time. I told them the story of the Jungle Book, which the program was based on, and I encouraged them to be more respectful and obedient to the adults in their lives. The lady looked at me with an expression of approval and said, “The power of a man’s voice in a boy’s life never ceases to amaze me.” To this day, those words still resonant in my mind. Now, mothers, please understand, I am not discounting the power of your voice, but still, I do believe there is a special reaction when a man speaks in the life of a boy. Just as my voice demanded the respect and obedience of the boys that day, God has a voice that is even more commanding and powerful.

Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful. Praise the Lord with the harp; Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings. Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy. For the word of the Lord is right, And all His work is done in truth. He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deep in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the Lord; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.
Psalm 33:1-9

Why should we rejoice? Why should we worship Him and sing a new song? For the Word of the Lord is right. Today I want to look at three aspects of the power of God’s voice.

First, the power of God’s voice in the creation of the world, then His voice in justice and righteousness, and finally the power of His voice in our problems. Our passage specifically notes “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.” Our society may have called you ugly, stupid, or ________, but I want to go back to Genesis where He made man and said, “Behold it is very good.” Regardless of what labels people have placed on you, God has placed a label of “good” on you. You are beautifully and wonderfully made in God’s own image. The same voice that spoke the earth in existence has called you good. The next time you struggle with self esteem remember the power of God’s voice. When He created you, he said, “it is very good.”

Our passage also said, “…the word of the Lord is right, And all His work is done in truth. He loves righteousness and justice…” I remember what it was like doing something that I knew I shouldn’t do and hearing the voice of one of my parents. That thought still sends chills up my spine. The truth is that my parents love me and wanted the best for me. In the same manner, God will discipline and set straight those He loves. We need to learn to respect and obey the power of God’s voice. Many times I think we throw a temper tantrum, placing our hands over our ears and yelling, “I can’t hear you God.” The voice of God is calling us to righteousness. He said, “Be holy for I am holy.” We are like those boys running around doing whatever our flesh wants us to, so God gently but firmly says, sit down and quit running around in all this sin. He doesn’t do this because He wants to boss us around or because He hates us. No, right the opposite, He loves us and wants the best for us.

The last thing that I want to leave you with is the idea of the power of God’s voice in our problems. If just by speaking he can create the Heavens, then I must believe just by Him speaking “peace” our problems will cease. I think back to the Centurion. He told Jesus that he was not worthy for Him to come into his home, but only speak a word and my servant will be healed. We can become so distraught and upset over life problems and we fail to realize that all God has to do is speak and our problem will be gone.

Today, I hope we all can understand the power of the voice of God. As His creation, he speaks life and encouragement into us, but we have to be listening. He speaks justice and righteousness into us but we have to be obedient, and He speaks peace to our problems but we have to ask Him and trust Him. God speaks to us through His word, the Bible, and through His Spirit in us. The question is, do you recognize the power of God’s voice in your life.

Dear Heavenly Father, we thank you for all that you do. Truly we can sing your praises, because your word is true and powerful. I pray that we can take your word and write your message permanently on our hearts. Allow us to see and recognize the power of your voice in our lives. This we pray to the Speaker of Life, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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