Think back to when you were at school…there was always that one teacher with such a commanding voice, wasn’t there…perhaps it was the principal, maybe an experienced classroom warrior who had been stalking the corridors for decades, maybe a P.E. teacher who could be heard in the next town, or a home economics teacher who could cook food by shouting at it…whoever it was, there was someone in the school with such a powerful voice that when you heard it you straightened up, fixed your tie, walked with head down, sat up straight in class, moved pen along paper even if nothing was being written…there was just someone with such a powerful and commanding voice!
Grab your Bible (or open your Bible app, although this will work better with a paper Bible, trust me), and turn to page 1; Genesis 1, the creation account. Something we all miss is that in v.2, there is the Holy Spirit! Most often when asked when the Spirit makes His first appearance, we might say in Acts, maybe in the Gospels, but there He is;
1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep.
And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
Anyway, fascinating as that is, that is not what we are talking about today!
Take a pen or a highlighter, and underline or highlight the first three words of vv.3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 24, and 26…what do we see?
And God said…Then God said…
The power of the voice of God is immeasurable, incomprehensible, and incomparable.
God speaks and it happens.
“Let there be light“, “Let there be an expanse…“, “Let the…Let us…Let there be…“, and it happens.
What power is in the voice of God!
Consitent with the trinitarian nature of our God – three in one – this amazing, awe-inspiring power of voice is also seen in Jesus and the Holy Spirit;
Jesus calls people to life, literally, with His voice in John 5.25 and, 11.43, and the Holy Spirit brings forth knowledge to our minds and mouths that was previously unknown when it is needed most in Matthew 10.19-20.
Today, then, listen for the voice of God; our God is active and involved in His creation and by the power of His Word it is being upheld. So listen for the voice of God, of Jesus, of the Holy Spirit then, like a model student at school, pay attention and put it into action!