Recently I’ve watched a couple of episodes of “The Voice.” If you haven’t seen it yet, it follows the same concept as shows like “American Idol,” and “The X Factor.” People who want a career in music, or people who want to become famous as a result of a career in music are competing weekly, continually facing elimination, until a winner is declared. You’ve probably noticed, like I have, that there are a lot of these shows on, and they are on a lot. Ultimately, we are spending a lot of time listening to a lot of voices. While we spend hours listening to “the voices,” it would seem that we are not spending much time at all listening to “THE VOICE.”
THE VOICE, of course, is God’s voice, and it is crying out to those who will listen. He is calling out to us to hear and respond to His love, compassion, mercy and salvation. He longs for us to come back to Him, to reach out to others, to share His love with those around us, giving generously of our time, talents, and finances in His name. We have to be careful, in our busy lives, not to the let the voices of so many other things drown out THE VOICE that is calling our name.
The writer of Hebrews says it so well,
“See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. As has just been said:
“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts
as you did in the rebellion.” Hebrews 3:12-15
We are entering into spring and the Easter season—a time of rebirth, renewal and resurrection. If we slow down, take notice, and listen carefully, we can hear THE VOICE calling us–THE VOICE belonging to the God who loved us enough that He sent His Son for us, a rebellious people so lost that we don’t even see our need to be saved. THE VOICE that continues calling out to us in spite of our rejection and rebellion. If you allow yourself to hear THE VOICE, respond to Him; don’t harden your heart. Instead, surrender to His heart, and the song it sings. Because THE VOICE of Jesus is THE VOICE of the name above all names, who walks in victory, reigns in glory, and will be returning in the twinkling of an eye for those who have chosen to follow Him, giving us something to sing about with no fear of elimination!