Equipping the Saints – 7/10/2016

Posted by Kim McDonald, Category: Announcements, Equipping the Saints,

                              

“Voice Recognition” 

“So He spoke, and it was done; He commanded and it stood fast (Psalm 33:9).”

There have been remarkable advancements in recent years in the technology commonly known as voice recognition. A woman speaks and software dictates her message and punctuation as she directs. A new cable television provider boasts of their remote control’s superior capabilities because they respond to the user’s vocal commands. Siri, Cortana, and Alexa are all virtual assistants that obediently act on their owner’s voice instructions, and, in some instances, only their owner’s voice disregarding any other. We merely need to speak a command and our wishes are performed.

And yet, as sophisticated as this technology may become it will never match God’s ability in this regard. He merely said, “Let there be light” and it was so (Genesis 1:3). Sure we can request the lights to be turned on in a room but we can’t evoke it from nothing. God spoke and the vast universe and life on earth sprung forth obediently. By His word He fixed the boundaries of the ocean tides and appointed a 24 hour rotation period of the earth on her axis (Job 38:11-12).

During His days on earth, Jesus verbally reproached the raging sea to be stilled and it acquiesced (Mark 4:39). He instructed cripples to rise up and walk and they did (John 5:8-9). Demons cruelly possessed and tormented many and stubbornly refused to relent except at the mere rebuke of the Master they fled (Matthew 17:18). He called out to Lazarus to rise out of the tomb in which he had lain for four days, and although bound in burial bandages he still carried out the command he heard from beyond the grave (John 11:43-44). Breathing only two words, “I am,” an armed band of men sent to arrest Him fell to their faces before Him (John 18:6).
Now seated at the right hand of God in power Christ continues to uphold the entire universe, from the immense galaxies down to the sub atomic particles, all by His powerful word alone (Hebrews 1:3). One day He will return and all who died through the millennia will hear His voice and will come forth from the earth and sea (John 5:28-29). He is the very Word of God that has existed eternally and became flesh and lived among us (John 1:1, 14).
Although His Word is all-powerful there is one thing He will not do with it – that is to force anyone to follow Him involuntarily. He has chosen not to violate the free-will of men in choosing whom they will follow, themselves or the Lord. But for those who have chosen to follow Him, they know His voice and obediently follow Him refusing to go after the voice of any other (John 10:4-5). He is calling to you now. Are you following His voice commands?
“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in times past to the father by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom He also made the worlds (Hebrews 1:1-2).”
Billy Alexander