Baptism of the Lord
Psalm 29 (The voice of God upon the waters); Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 (All that is is God’s doing); 1 Corinthians 2:11-16 (God’s wisdom taught by the Spirit)
In the beginning, God spoke and it happened. The voice of God still does miraculous things. In the passage from Psalms we see that the voice of the Lord affects world events with both destructive and constructive powers. Forests are destroyed when God speaks. Nations leap for joy when the voice of God thunders. When God’s people hear the voice of the Lord they are stripped of all pretension and hiding places, but are ultimately blessed with peace.
God still speaks to His children through the Holy Spirit. If we are to follow God, we must know what He wants us to do, and His Spirit speaks to us. It is because the Spirit speaks the truth of God as the voice of God that we understand spiritual reality. Our faith is so contrary to the ways of the world, that it is either divine wisdom or earthy folly. Salvation comes not because we work hard and achieve that goal because we are better than others. No, salvation comes because we recognize that all of our attempts to achieve it are fruitless and only as we depend on the mercies of God as shown through the cross are we able to claim that great gift. This is the message the Holy Spirit gives us if we will hear the voice of God.
Dear Lord, it is so easy to let Your voice get drowned out in the noise of everyday life. It is so easy to dismiss Your voice as foolishness when compared to earthly wisdom. Let me hear Your voice as the Spirit speaks. Let me accept Your mercy and grace and share that with others.