Read it! John 12
The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him.
Think it through
In church, we’re often reminded about the words God spoke at Jesus’ baptism, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Matthew and Mark both share their accounts of that holy moment with us.
But I’ve rarely, if ever, heard sermons on John’s account of another moment when God spoke aloud to the people in Jesus’ presence. How I would love to have been there, to have heard Jesus call out, “Father, glorify your name!” and to have heard the voice from heaven say, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” Amen, Amen! my heart cries. Glorify your name!
But would I have heard the voice of an angel, or just thunder?
Would we have had the right perspective?
Live it like you mean it
Elijah taught us about the still, small voice of God. We know that the Holy Spirit often works in tugs and nudges (my pastor recently called this “a strong sense of oughtness,” which totally nailed it for me). And the scriptures speak to us. But to hear any of these things, we have to be listening, open to his leading.
How many times has God spoken to us and we’ve heard, not his call, but the thunder of our busy lives?
This week I want to challenge you to take a new perspective on your spiritual clutter—those thoughts swirling around in your head. Listen for the ones that are true and right, nudging you into action that lines up with scriptural truth. For five minutes each day, meditate on opening yourself up to that strong sense of oughtness.
Let’s ignore the thunder and listen for the angel.
Lift it up
Holy Spirit, please speak to me this week. I’m intentionally opening my heart to Your voice, Your tug, Your nudge. I want to hear everything You would say to me so I can cry in response, “Amen! Glorify Your name.” Grant me the discernment of the just. Amen, Lord. Glorify Your name.
Tell Me About It
How have you heard God’s voice?
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