As I saw the flashes of light through my closed eyes, I knew the thunder to follow would be loud. Not only was it loud, but it also rumbled through everything yet I was oddly comforted by the storm. My very next thought was about my neighbors. Only two years ago they lived through the Joplin tornado and are very fearful of these types of storms. I am amazed at how our God-given personalities coupled with God-ordained experiences shape our responses to the storm in our lives. There are two distinct times when God spoke and one set of people heard God’s voice and the another heard thundering.
Now when all the people saw the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraidand trembled, and they stood far off and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die.” Moses said to the people, “Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of him may be before you, that you may not sin.” The people stood far off, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was. (Exodus 20:18-21, ESV)
“Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not mine.” (John 12:27-30, ESV)
Both times God spoke for the purpose of revealing something about Himself to the hearers. Both times the hearers were admonished not to fear but to listen and trust. So now it’s our turn. As we read through the Word consistently, we should be “hearing” God speak to us as the Holy Spirit opens our spiritual ears. Consider the following questions:
1. What are the current storms in your life that God is talking to you about?
2. How are you responding? In fear or with trusting faith and obedience?
3. If the answer is fear, have you considered how to begin replacing fear with trust?