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The Voice of God

“Do you have an arm like God’s,
and can your voice thunder like his?
Job 40:9

Imagine standing before your Creator, the Judge of the universe, and having him cross-examine you with a series of penetrating and unanswerable questions! That’s exactly what is happening to Job in the passage above. Have you ever been called to face your mom or dad when you’ve done something wrong and they’re more than excited to tell you all about it? Well, you’ve got the picture. Job has been challenging God’s right to be “BOSS” and God is ready to firmly put this earth bound creature in his proper place. You can feel the lump Job probably had in the pit of his throat as God begins with the command to “brace yourself like a man” (v. 7). When God tells you to buckle up, to brace yourself, you know you’re headed on a collision course with reality.

What follows is a list of questions seeking to remind Job that, yes, there is a God, but, no, Job is not big enough to fit the job description. God asks, “Hey, are your arms as huge as these?” Job probably looked at the pitiful, sore covered sticks hanging from his shoulders and squeaked, “Okay God, you got me on that one!” God, however, was only beginning.

The next question compares Job’s voice to God’s. Now this question reveals both good news and bad news. First, let’s consider the good news. God has a voice! Voices are for communicating. God wants to communicate with His creation. We shouldn’t take this for granted. Only Christianity believes in a personal, living God who desires to communicate with us. Without God taking the initiative to speak to us we would have no hope to ever know or love Him. This is the good news.

Now it’s time for the sobering news. While God most often communicates to us during our times of worship, prayer and Bible study in the form of a “still small voice,” He is more than capable of yelling if He needs to get our attention, or the entire world’s attention for that matter! His voice is compared to the earth shaking booms of thunder so familiar to us during violent summer storms. You know, the kind so loud they rattle the panes of glass in your windows! The kind so loud they send little brothers and sisters running to mom and dad’s room for refuge.

The Lord taught me the awesome fury of His voice in a rather humorous way during a visit to Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. I had been studying and meditating on the topic of God’s sovereign power when I decided to take a break to do some jogging. I made my way through some quiet, secluded paths, across the beautifully manicured campus, and was now headed on the final leg of my peaceful, God-centered jog when disaster struck! AS I jogged along a sidewalk running parallel to a busy highway, a car pulled alongside me. Hanging out the window was a large dog, barking, growling and drooling as it tried to squeeze out of the car and into my life! Adrenaline shot through every cell of my body as I jumped in the air in sheer panic. As the car and its carnivorous canine drove safely into the sunset, I tried to quickly recapture my calm, cool, and collected clip, hoping all the while I had not made too big of a fool out of myself.

In my traumatized condition, that “still small voice” of the Holy Spirit reminded me that the cause of this earth shaking, adrenaline rush was a dog! The voice of a stinkin’ dog rocked my world! I suddenly realized why God prefers to deal with us with his “inside voice” as opposed to the one He might use to win the screaming competition at the County Fair!

Take some time to meditate upon the power of God’s voice. Read Psalm 29:1-11.

Have you ever been afraid or startled by a loud noise?

Imagine what it will be like for the wicked on judgment day as they stand before the fury of the voice of God!

I hope this blog today gives you a whole new appreciation both for thunderstorms and for forgiveness through Christ! Next time God shakes a piece of the earth near you with a boom of thunder, pause for a moment and offer Him the praise and glory due His name! Like Job, recommit your life to his sovereign control. And most importantly, joyfully listen to what He has to say.

  1. Kerry Drake
    August 9th, 2011 at 05:11 | #1

    Right on, again sir!

  2. Rose Jones
    August 19th, 2011 at 04:18 | #2

    You are always in my closet with these wonderful …the voice that came to me that loud, screaming but soft whisper brought me to my knees and i was put back into the right position, it didn’t feel good at first but i am healing and more wiser I really enjoy reading these transformation letters they are amazing, very informative and life changing. love you Pastor

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