Ezekiel 43:1, 2 Then the man brought me to the gate facing east, and I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from the east. His voice was like the roar of rushing waters, and the land was radiant with his glory.
Rev 1:15 His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters.
Rev 14:2 And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder.
Have you ever wondered what Godís voice would sound like if you actually heard it out loud? It is described in scripture using a lot of different terms, whispers, thunder, even a roar. I have often wondered about what it is about Godís voice that fits these scriptures from Ezekiel and Revelation concerning the rushing waters. I have sat on boulders near streams and these verses almost always come to me but I couldnít figure out what God was saying to me. As I stood on the banks of a roaring stream this past week, something came to me.
I do believe that Godís voice at the times that Ezekiel and John are writing about will show Godís all present power. Both of these men are writing about a time when God reveals himself as all powerful. No more whispers. No more subtlety. His voice will be heard throughout the world. If you have ever sat by a roaring stream or river you know that it can get very loud.
No competing sound can be heard. Even two people standing close to each other have a hard time hearing anything else. When I listen to a video that I made of this rushing water, you canít hear anything else but water. It sounds like the loudest static that you have ever heard. Donít you think that God would like that? Donít you think that He would love for us not to hear the competing voices around us? He longs to be the only voice that you can hear. A personal relationship with God should allow us to hear his voice louder than anything or anyone else. No competition.
The past weeks have seen more rain than we have had in a long while. As a result, the streams were all flowing at capacity. You could tell on the banks of the stream that the water level had been much higher in the middle of the night. At least four or five more feet of water had been evident in the past few hours. You could tell because the power of the water had knocked down trees and carried all manner of brush and timber to places they had not previously been. Godís voice should have that kind of power in our lives. His voice should move us. His voice should change the landscape of our decisions. Hearing His voice should help us clear out the debris and the old wood that so often clutters our lives.
As I stood on the banks, listening to the roar of the rushing water, everything seemed to slow down. Not being able to hear anything else, it was easier not to be distracted. My eyes roamed the waters edge resting finally on a distant bank. Along the waterís edge was a little spot where medium and small sized stones had formed a little alcove. Lying together they formed a smooth little quiet spot away from the pounding of the water. How smooth and round they were. All different sizes and shapes but all were nicely smoothed after being tumbled and washed by the rushing water. How much more should Godís voice smooth out our rough edges? Spending time with God and in Godís Word will work out changes in our behavior and our attitude. Listening and being obedient to His voice will refine our spirits. I donít know how long it took each of these stones to become polished. It probably was a different amount of time for each one but when the polishing was finished; the stone had been finely placed on the shore with others who had gone through the polishing process. Polishing is different for each of us. Some are granite and some are sandstone. Which are you?
How do you hear Godís voice in your life? Do you hear whispers? Does He have to scream at you? Is His voice a constant rushing water in your life, drowning out all other voices, powerful to clean out the clutter, and firm in polishing your rough edges? Allow His voice to be that rushing water and unleash His transforming power in your life.