John the Baptist was referred to as “a voice crying in the wilderness” (John 1:23). When Jesus came, He was “the Voice”—the word of God in the flesh. When Christ was baptized, the Voice of God spoke.
In pointing this out, my hope is to show that we are a voice, but that there is only one Voice that has “all power and authority in heaven and earth.” That Voice is God and growth in our Christian life is found when we line up our voice with His.
Out of all the verses that speak to the Voice of God, this my favorite:
“The voice of the Lord is over the waters … The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars … The voice of the Lord strikes with flashes of lightning. The voice of the Lord shakes the desert … the voice of the Lord twists the oaks and strips the forests bare.” –Psalm 29:3-5, 7-9
Our Lord’s Voice is referred to over 650 times in Scripture, and He can speak nothing but truth. His words are the essence of His being as the Almighty God. Not a word spoken by Him will ever fall to the ground, be wasted or fail to accomplish what they set out to do.
As Scripture tells us, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” (Luke 21:33).
And the God who is “the Truth” (John 14:6) is looking for people willing to be a voice on behalf of Him at this moment in history.
Now why does He need us to be a voice for Him?
The Prophet Isaiah gives us a good summary of why followers of Jesus need to break the silence of neutrality and passivity. Listen to this summary of our world today as spoken by God through Isaiah.
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness…” -Isaiah 5:20
What makes these words so telling today is we have a thousand times more revelation and truth from the life of Jesus Christ than people did during Isaiah’s day. And God’s gives greater responsibility to those He gives greater knowledge and revelation. If we don’t live in a way that reflects what God’s graciously given us, it will be terrible for us.
Today other voices are drowning out the Voice of God that comes from the people of God. Truth today is relative. And when the Voice of God is removed, Isaiah’s words ring true. Darkness will be mistaken for light as God’s truth is considered relative. What God says makes no difference in how people choose to live because we each determine our own truth.
Remember the “catch all” word for human existence today is “tolerance” no matter what you believe. But as we read and study the Scriptures, what God says trumps all other so-called “truth claims.”
Let’s build our lives on the never changing, eternal truth of God’s words. After all, Jesus is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6).