By Jeremy Chapman
Once when I was on a missions trip in Mexico, my daughter told my wife, Laura, “I’ve been worried that Dad would forget his real voice while he is in Mexico. I thought with all of that Spanish he has to talk in that he would forget his real voice. But when I talked to Dad and heard his voice, I thought, ‘yep, he knows his real voice’. I was glad that he didn’t forget.”
Here are a few of the many words found in the thesaurus for the word “Voice”- announce, broadcast, communicate, call, cry, delivery, exclamation, murmur, mutter, say, sound, speak, tell, utter, vent, verbalize, vocalize.
What we say, speak, or verbalize and how we sound, deliver or communicate are pretty important.
“I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge-God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you,” (1 Corinthians 1:4-6).
Are we remembering to listen to the one voice that really matters in our own lives? “Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. Today, if only you would hear his voice,” (Psalm 95:6-7).
Are we lifting our voice to the one who yearns to listen to us? “Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy,” (Psalm 130:2). “I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy,” (Psalm 116:1).
There is a song by Casting Crowns called “Voice of Truth” that says:
But the Voice of truth tells me a different story
The Voice of truth says, “Do not be afraid!”
And the Voice of truth says, “This is for My glory”
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the Voice of Truth
“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God,” (Romans 15:5-7).
Let us remember our voices and use them to glorify God in a crazy world.