“What I tell you now in the darkness, shout abroad when daylight comes. What I whisper in your ear, shout from the housetops for all to hear!” Matthew 10:27 (New Living Translation)
“Eventually everything is going to be out in the open, and everyone will know how things really are. So don’t hesitate to go public now.” Matthew 10:27 (The Message)
Sometimes we, like Elijah, identify our God as the still, small voice in the aftermath of life’s disasters. Jesus confirms that God’s voice is often a whisper in our ear rather than the booming baritone hailing from the clouds (with lightning) that we might wish for in our times of need.
There is power in these two sentences for those of us who are in the dark. Jesus will speak to us in our darkness! He will whisper in our ear, even as the rest of the world vies for our attention in less subtle, more obtrusive ways.
Maybe these words of Jesus are a clue for us today. Some of us find ourselves asking again and again: How can I recognize God’s voice?
Part of today’s application of the Word may be a tuning of the ear. An adjustment of the radar. A cluing in to the way God often speaks in the lives of His people. If we’re expecting to hear God in big and mighty ways, we may very well miss His gently delivered words as they fall on us in silence. But if we’re listening for the still, small voice, well, there He is.
There’s a second part to applying Jesus’ words from Matthew 10:27. As challenging as it may be for us to listen for His whisper, the bigger challenge still is to share those whispers with others.
I don’t know about you, but I have heard some pretty profound, difficult and surprising things from God in the dark. Things that sound pretty crazy. Words with the potential to push a lot of buttons for a lot of people – followers of Jesus or not. How many of us would be willing to take words that were whispered to us in times of quiet intimacy and shout them from the rooftops, for the whole world to hear?! Yet this is exactly what Jesus is saying we must do.
What God says to us in intensely personal times of connection is not for us to keep. This text is a reminder that someone else is in need of the words we hear from Him – someone whose ear may not be tuned to His voice yet – someone who needs His message desperately, and the only way God can speak His whisper to them is through you and me – going public now! So often we choose to internalize God’s Word and leave it at that – never sharing, never starting conversation, never breathing out loud what God has spoken inside. But this is not faithful living in light of Jesus’ words today.
If we are serious about being Literal 4 Lent, we must not only pay attention to the clues Jesus gives about the way God speaks, but we must be willing to go all the way, delivering God’s words with a rooftop SHOUT!
Sharing our impressions of God.
Sharing our experiences of God.
Sharing our intimacies with God with anyone who will listen.
Yes, a time is coming when all of this will be revealed and God Himself will lay it all out there for the world to hear and see. That time has not yet come. Our call is to go public NOW, without hesitation.
Tell your God-stories!
Share your epiphanies!
Wrestle out loud with the difficult words He has spoken over you!
There is someone who is listening for your sacred SHOUT today! Don’t keep them waiting.
Just let it out.