October 8, 2014

“For this very night there stood before me an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship, and he said ‘Do not be afraid Paul, you must stand before Caesar. And behold, God has granted you all those who sail with you.’ So take heart, men, for I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told.” Acts 27:23-25

DSC_0846There is a mysteriously special spot in the US Capital Hall of Statues. We stood upon this spot as our guide crossed the crowded Hall. Tourists meandered about the Hall producing a din of assorted languages that made even close conversations difficult to hear. As our guide stood facing us from across the Hall, we could see the mouth of our guide moving but only the reverberating sound of indistinguishable voices came to our ears. Our guide moved slightly and we could see him speaking but did not hear his voice. He moved yet again and suddenly a quiet, single voice became perceptible above all the noise in our immediate vicinity.

DSC_0850We had found the acoustic sweet spot of John Quincy Adams. It is upon the historic spot where John Quincy Adams sat when this Hall was the floor of the House of Representatives that the perfect acoustical conditions have aligned to allow a voice to be heard from across the Hall. It is a fascinating anomaly of coincidence.

I am tempted to compare the voice of God to that quiet voice we heard in the Hall of Statues. I desperately desire to hear God’s voice above the din of everyday life. I am inclined to believe that I might be missing a special message because I am not in that mysteriously special spot to hear Him.

Maybe, I am not spiritual enough.
Maybe, I am not praying enough.
Maybe, I am not obedient enough.
Maybe, I am not where God wants me.

How foolish is it to believe that God’s purpose can be frustrated by our not being in the mysteriously perfect spot where all the circumstances of sanctification align for His voice to be heard?

That belief is not supported by scripture. When God wants to be heard, He will be heard.

He has made His voice heard by the obedient.
The disobedient have heard His voice.

He has made His voice heard by the redeemed.
The lost have heard His voice.

His voice has been in a whisper.
His voice has rolled with the thunder.

He has spoken through a burning bush.
He has spoken through visible angels.

Visions have carried His words.
Dreams have communicated His intent.

Scriptures teach us that God will be heard when He wants to be heard. The God of the Universe does not need the perfect alignment of circumstances or the will of man for His voice to be heard above the competing noise of this world.

Therefore, we can be assured that we are not missing anything when a special word has not come to our awareness. Equally, we can be assured that we have all that He has given us all we need for today in the Word that He has already spoke to us – the Bible..

PRAYER: Father, thank you for your Word.  Thank you for speaking to us perfectly even though we are imperfect.  That you for giving us everything that we need to follow you today.  Help me to glorify you from the place where I am today. Forgive me for thinking that I need a special word from you. Teach me obedience in the everyday. Help me to live upon the nurturiousment of your Word, the Bible.  I pray this in the precious name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen



  1. Reblogged this on Pray for Revival!.

  2. I’ve been in that spot at the Capitol! It truly is amazing and my grandson really enjoyed the tour! Thanks for the analogy–very appropriate!

  3. This really comforted me as I do wonder at times if I am missing Him. Thank you and God bless!

  4. Shaking my head in agreement as I’m reading along, thinking of all the times my mind has wondered along the same paths….Then WHAM, BAM…right as I’m reading your prayer, I remember it was JUST yesterday that I had once again said, “Lord, I just need a SPECIAL word from you”………I’m so sorry Lord, I don’t…I just need you one step in front of me and grace to be willing and courage to follow……Thanks, John

  5. Beautiful. A great reminder to me.

  6. The bible speaks of those who have eyes, but cannot see…and those who have ears, but cannot hear. If we do not know God, it is because we don’t want to know him. God the father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit have done everything possible that we could know what we need to know. It is up to each of us to seek God’s will with all our heart.

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