The Voice: Insights

“The Voice” is one of those reality television shows involving singing competition. It apparently includes coaching competition between the four judges who mentors contestants they have chosen. The winner gets 100,000 dollars and recording studio opportunities. There have been seven successful seasons according to NBC. People love to hear others sing. The voice is a strong force.

There is a voice that is much more important and many in the world are not listening. Praise God for those who are and are pursuing the most important voice. Are you listening to it?

The voice if the Lord Jesus was rejected in the Garden of Eden, “And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.” (Gen. 3:8 NKJ) The word “sound” in the Hebrew is translated both “sound” and “voice.” In the next verse, the Lord called to Adam and Eve, which began the Divine trial.

On the other hand, the voice of Christ stops men in their tracks,

3 As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. 4 Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” (Acts 9:3-4 NKJ)

Paul had rejected the Lord, but the Lord’s voice stopped him in his pursuit of what he thought was the Lord’s will. We should stop and listen to His voice in Scripture.

The reason the voice of Christ can stop a man in his tracks is because His voice is mighty, “His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters” (Rev. 1:15 NKJ) If you have ever been to Niagara Falls or any other large waterfall, you’ll realize how deafening “many waters” can be. His voice is mighty.

The voice of Christ also tests men’s lives, “Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” (John 18:37 NKJ) That is the choice every human being must make – will he listen and respond to the voice of Christ and then obey?

Those who are the Lord’s sheep will listen and follow the voice, “And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.” (John 10:4 NKJ) Genuine Christians will follow His voice, but what about those who wander away or live after the flesh? The Lord will discipline those sheep. He will remove their joy and empowerment (Gal. 5:22-23; Eph. 5:18), eventually imposing Divine discipline (Heb. 12:5-6).

The beauty of the Lord’s voice is that He calls believers to dine with Him, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” (Rev. 3:20 NKJ) What could be greater than an invitation to dine with the Lord Jesus?

And finally, the voice of Christ is enjoyed with great happiness, “He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled.” (John 3:29 NKJ) Are you listening to the Lord’s voice? Do you spend time listening to Him by reading His Word? That time is far more important than anything else that a Christian can do in life!

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