Select Page

The Voice of God

by | Jun 10, 2024 | Calling, God Speaks, Strength, Witnessing

“O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is Your Name in all the earth! You have set Your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babies and infants, You have established strength because of Your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger.” (Psalm 8:1-2 ESV)

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork” (Psalm 19:1 ESV). The majesty and glory of God are readily seen in His creation—a beautiful sunset, billowing clouds, thunderous storms, and peaceful landscapes. God’s Name is majestic in all the earth!

God reveals Himself not only in His creation but in His Word, where we learn that God spoke to His people. He talked with Abraham, who was called “a friend of God” (James 2:23b ESV). God’s voice was heard as He spoke to Moses “face to face, as a man speaks to his friend” (Exodus 33:11b ESV). God’s voice thundered at Mount Sinai and the Israelites were so terrified that they begged Moses, “Do not let God speak to us, lest we die” (Exodus 20:19b ESV). The voice of God came in a gentle whisper to Elijah as the Lord sent His frightened and weary prophet back into ministry. God’s voice inspired terror or brought comfort, but when the time was right, the voice of God spoke on earth in a very different way: “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son” (Hebrews 1:1-2a ESV).

God’s majesty and glory are revealed even “out of the mouth of babies and infants.” The voice of God was heard in the cry of a newborn Child in Bethlehem, the infant wrapped in swaddling cloths and laid in a manger. In and through that infant, His own Son, God established strength “to still the enemy and the avenger.” Sin, death, and Satan would fall in defeat at the voice of that Holy Child when, grown into adulthood and nailed to a cross, Jesus called out, “It is finished!” (John 19:30bESV). The work the Father who sent Him to do the work of our redemption was complete. Then, in the early dawn on the third day after Jesus’ death, another strong voice announced the glad news, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen” (Luke 24:5b-6a ESV).

We have heard the voice of God in His Word. Now is the time for our voices to be heard. As children or adults, we are called to share the good news of the majestic voice of God. It is a mighty voice that spoke in many times and in many ways. It is a mighty voice that was heard in an infant’s cry in Bethlehem and in words spoken from a cross. It is the voice of the Savior.

We Pray: Lord God, guide me in the study of Your Word so that I may hear Your voice there. Amen.

This Daily Devotion was written by Dr. Carol Geisler.
Originally published in The Lutheran Hour on May 29, 2023
Used by permission from International Lutheran Laymen’s League, all rights reserved

Reflection Questions:
1. Being an Old Testament prophets wasn’t easy. What were some of the challenges they faced?
2. What’s your favorite Old Testament prophecy about Jesus?
3. How can God’s fulfilled prophecies inspire us in our faith today?