Focus on God
GOD SPEAKS

One day God was walking in the Garden of Eden and he
called out "Where are you?" to Adam. (Genesis 3:9)  
Although Adam and Eve had just disobeyed him, he
didn't say, "You sinners!  I know what you just did.  
How stupid can you be?"  No, instead he called out to
them in order to be reconciled.  Read again the account
of Genesis 3 and see how determined God was to reach
them.  This is the way God speaks.

The voice of God is unmistakable to his creation.  Even
when there was no matter of any kind, he spoke and a
billion times a billion worlds were created (Genesis
1:3-24)  His voice spoke through Jesus and the winds
and waves of a storm died down (Luke 8:22-25)  He
spoke and bodies were healed (Matthew 8:5-13)  
Creation listens and responds when God speaks.

In Hebrews 12:1 we are reminded that God speaks to
us through Jesus.  Can you hear what he is saying?  "I
love you".  "I forgive you", "Come fellowship with
me".  "You are precious to me".  "Do not be afraid".  
Instead of words of condemnation, God says through
Jesus, "neither do I condemn you", just as he did to the
woman caught in adultery (John 8:11) or to that crook,
Zaccheus, where Jesus said "I must stay at your house
today" (Matthew 19:5)

Even when hanging on the cross, Jesus spoke life to a
thief who responded to him in faith and said "Today you
shall be with me in paradise" (Luke 23:43)  His
determination to speak life to the man was greater than
his pain.  That is the nature of the voice of God.

In a world full of voices, we do well to listen for God's
words.  His voice is a giving voice for a desperate
people.  Daily he calls out "Come to me, all who are
heavy-laden and I will give you rest".  (Matthew 11:28)  
What is he saying to you today?
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