Listen to the Voice of God
This post is from page 113 of Seize the Moment: New Testament Devotions for Today! The second book in this devotional series will be released this fall.
To whose voices are you listening?
Acts 12:21-24 contrasts a man’s voice with God’s voice,
On an appointed day Herod, having put on his royal apparel, took his seat on the rostrum and began delivering an address to them. The people kept crying out, “The voice of a god and not of a man!” And immediately an angel of the Lord struck him because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and died. But the word of the Lord continued to grow and to be multiplied.
The people were listening to their political leader, King Herod, as if he was a savior and a god, rather than looking to God himself for their hope and salvation. Two thousand years later, the same thing is happening in America today; so many people are putting their hope in politicians and celebrity voices rather than in God. We are looking to our cultural elite to save us, when there is only one name on Earth that can save—the name of Jesus Christ!
There are a lot of voices speaking today. So many, in fact, that it sounds like a cacophony of dissonant blowhards. It is my hope that these daily devotions are reminding you to listen to the Spirit-empowered Word of God, alive and active in the world today, calling you to the gospel of Jesus Christ!
Are you being more influenced by the voices of people, or the voice of God?
I am inviting you to start again. Start reading your Bible again, start praying again, start attending your local church again. We need an active relationship with God in our daily and weekly rhythms of life! Today is the day!
Seize the moment and return your heart focus to God and listen for His voice.