Have you ever wished you could hear God’s voice, out loud and in the room? If you were God, how would you go about revealing yourself to humanity? In 2021, you might choose to go live on all social media outlets!
In his tiny epistle, John is clear that, even though we cannot hear God’s voice audibly, he has indeed faithfully manifested himself to us:
…the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us.”1 John 1:2
We don’t stand at the base of a quaking, thundering mountain to hear God’s voice, but, it’s clear that God has revealed his majesty in creation. Sparkling constellations and dewy, delicate spider webs stop me in my tracks. The movement of cloud formations sparks my imagination, and I walk with late summer gratitude into the aroma of fresh cut hay on the breeze.
Even with all this, we need more than beauty to discover God’s great rescue plan, and so God spoke, first through his own son Jesus, the Word, “that eternal life which was with the Father.” The record of Jesus’s coming and everything that preceded it is also referred to as “the Word of God,” because in it we discover God’s desire to communicate with us.
Hearing God’s Voice and Sharing the Message
God could have loved us from a distance. He could have kept us guessing, but, instead, he has provided a written record of his faithful dealings with the human race.Tweet
God could have loved us from a distance. He could have kept us guessing, but, instead, he has provided a written record of his faithful dealings with the human race. The Apostle John was the final living eye witness to Jesus’s years on planet Earth, and he had a loving motive in declaring the truth about eternal life to his readers:
That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.”1 John 1:3-4
First and foremost a pastor, John longed to bring every believer into loving and joy-filled fellowship, and with this as a motive ourselves, believers will stand out as unique and winsome in our present environment in which politics and polemics lurk behind heated exchanges and the threat of being “cancelled.” Viewed from the vantage point of seeing in order to share a clear view with others who also need light and life, every encounter with the voice of God, every encouraging truth from the Bible, every answered prayer, and even the comfort we experience in grief and hard times–every encounter with God is a manifestation, a setting forth of the truth into clear light for the benefit of someone who also needs to hear, to see with their eyes, to look upon, and to handle the Word of Life.
How’s your hearing these days? Can you discern the voice of God? Are you taking in the Words of Life so you can faithfully share them with others?
Holding you in the light,
Every encouraging truth from the Bible, every answered prayer, and even the comfort we experience in hard times–every encounter with God’s voice is a manifestation for the benefit of someone who also needs to hear, see with their eyes, look upon, and handle the Word of Life.Tweet
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