We’re starting week 5, which means we’re over halfway into the Bible Study! This is about the point where with busyness and stress it’s easy to miss a chapter or lag behind. Please be encouraged and don’t give up! Just read where you are and post when you can so that you don’t miss out on the lessons God wants to share with you and so that we don’t miss out on what you have to add to the discussion.
Chapters 9 & 10: My Thoughts
It was loud in here this morning.
My youngest had discovered the volume button on the television and was sharing the sounds of Max and Ruby with all our neighbors. My middle girl pulled out an entire town worth of toys and was neighing for the horses and vrooming for the cars. My oldest was playing the piano and, in order to compensate for the rising residual noise, she played each note louder and louder.
Sometimes life is noisy. Sometimes we can do something about it. We can simplify our schedule, eliminate activities we shouldn’t be doing, take it slow, turn off the electronics for a bit and sit on the back porch on a summer evening and enjoy the silent night sky.
Sometimes, though, the volume of life is outside our control. There are seasons where no matter how many activities we trim off the calendar, we’re just busy. We have kids. We have jobs. We have carpools and doctor’s appointments, meetings and ministry, caregiving to perform or we’re trading in sleep for 3 a.m. feedings.
There are also seasons of storms, like the hurricane season we’re approaching. One violent tempest after another shakes our simple fishing boat. The winds are screaming. The waves are roaring. And it’s loud on the sea and no matter what we do, hearing the voice of God is difficult.
The disciples on the boat in the middle of the storm must have been shouting instructions to one another over the wind and waves. It was loud, frightening and chaotic and there was little they could do about it.
For Elijah, God spoke in a still small voice at the Mountain of God. But, for Job and for the disciples, God’s powerful voice cut through the din of wind and rain. Job 38:1 says, “Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm.” And Mark 4:37-39 tells us:
A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
Jesus, Jehovah-Elohim, the All-Powerful God, spoke through the storm and the terrified ones in the middle of the tempest heard Him clearly and they witnessed His power over their circumstances. His is indeed a powerful voice.
And the point of it all, when His voice commands calm in the loudest of our life’s hurricanes, is that He be glorified. The disciples were “terrified and asked each other, ‘Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!'” (Mark 4:41). On page 125, Priscilla Shirer wrote: “Jesus often chose the option that gave Him the greatest opportunity to demonstrate God’s power.”
He’ll be glorified in your storm. Let that be what we seek—not rescue for our own sake and safety, but miraculous salvation for the glory of His name and so that we can “focus our attention on Him, learn more about Him,and praise Him” (p. 124).
Chapter 9: A Truthful Voice
On page 111, she notes that Jesus consistently told His disciples, “I am telling you the truth” and that after His ascension, He sent to them the Holy Spirit who would “guide you into all truth.” What the Holy Spirit says to us will always be borne out in the unquestionable truth of God’s Word.
That truth should shake us up at times because we should allow it to challenge our traditions, feelings, and actions (pp. 112-113).
She also talks about the power of God’s Word to demolish strongholds in our lives, noting on p. 116: “The lies were quieting and His truth was ringing loudly.”
Chapter 10: A Powerful Voice
Please see “My Thoughts” above this week, as I covered much of what she wrote in this chapter.
- As always, what were some of your favorite quotes, passages, or verses from this week’s reading?
- Do you have a Scripture that God has used to break down a stronghold in your life? Maybe a verse that you go to time and again to fight against the attacks of Satan.
- Tell about a time that you heard God’s voice clearly in a life storm.
- On p. 126, she asked, “Do you truly believe there is enough power in God’s voice to do these kinds of things in your life today?” Would you share with us your answer to that question?
Heather King is a wife, mom, Bible Study teacher, writer for www.myfrienddebbie.com and worship leader. Most importantly, she is a Christ follower with a desire to help others apply the Bible to everyday life with all its mess, noise, and busyness. To read more devotionals by Heather King, click here.
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