They said, “Look, the Lord our God has shown us his glory and greatness, and we have heard his voice from the heart of the fire. Today we have seen that God can speak to us humans, and yet we live!” – Deuteronomy 5:24 NLT
The Israelites were raised on stories about how God spoke to their forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Yet, they had not heard much from Him for four-hundred years. Somehow during that time, they had developed the idea that hearing God’s voice was lethal.
For them, fear was the primary channel of relationship with God. His unmatched power combined with absolute holiness was terrifying. So they chose to remove themselves from direct connection with God; making Moses their intermediary.
When Jesus came, He brought a new relationship. He said His sheep follow Him because they “know His voice.” Sheep trust the voice of their shepherd because it comes from the one that care for, protects, and guides them.
Finding comfort in Christ’s voice does not diminish His glory and greatness. He is still the one with unmatched power and absolute holiness. But Jesus shows us God’s unbounded love; a love that cause Him to want to draw us closer, not destroy us completely.
Today, let God speak to you. He may bring words of comfort. He may bring words of conviction. But they will all be words of love. When you do this, God will not only let you live, but you will experience life, and that more abundantly.