Psalm 29:3-9 ESV
The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the Lord, over many waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf,
and Sirion like a young wild ox.
The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.
The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth
and strips the forests bare,
and in his temple all cry, “Glory!”
What does this passage say about the power of God’s Word? By God’s Word I don’t mean Scripture only (although I definitely include it!). I mean any instance in which God speaks. He spoke the universe into existence. He speaks through His creation. He still speaks today in prophetic words, dreams, and visions. He once spoke through a donkey!
When God speaks, our circumstances are radically changed. When He speaks, there’s no question about! If there is any question about, it wasn’t Him.
Yesterday on Greg Koukl’s radio show, Stand to Reason, a caller asked Greg how one could tell the difference between God’s voice and our own thoughts. Greg went straight to the Bible and asked if the subject was ever dealt with there. The caller (correctly) answered, “No.” Greg went on to explain that there was never anyone in the Bible who had trouble hearing from God when He spoke. He told the caller, “If God wants to say something, He says it clearly. Or else He doesn’t say it.”
So where did we ever get this prevalent idea that to hear from God we had to become really, really quiet to hear from Him? Where did we learn that hearing from God was a skill that could be taught and learned? Certainly not from the Bible.
When God speaks, He has no trouble being heard. The world is radically transformed when He speaks. Where there is no transformation, where there is any question as to who spoke, it was not Him. When God has something to say lives are changed. Stongholds are destroyed. Wisdom and power and imparted. People are set free.
Thoughts and feelings are not God’s voice.
Isaiah 55:10-11 ESV
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”
Just think about it.