While [Peter] was speaking, a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves, and told no one at that time what they had seen.
“Listen to Him.”
I’ve always heard this in my mind with the emphasis on listen, because Peter had been babbling. In a recent sermon on these verses, I heard the emphasis on “Him,” spoken in an encouraging tone.
To me, it meant “Listen to Jesus. You can trust Him,” and “Out of all the competing voices, focus on His and He will lead you safely through.”
Yes, we need to be quiet so we don’t miss what He says, but isn’t it wonderful to be assured that Jesus, our Good Shepherd, knows the way and is fully trustworthy? That quiets a lot of the tension inside.
Father, thank You for Jesus. Thank You for saving us and for not leaving us helpless and alone. Help us to trust in You with all our hearts and not to rely on our own perspective. Teach us how to acknowledge You in everything and to trust You with our paths.
Let this week’s song be our prayer: “Word of God, Speak,” from MercyMe.
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Hi Janet. This applies to me. Of late, He has been speaking into my heart…so clearly and so directly about things unthinkable. You see, I am coming out from my wilderness…and my heart is strong and full. Amazing…isn’t it? Being where little seems to happen, yet when you are leaving…you are full. And that simply because, I AM LISTENING.
Blessings to you, my dear.
Praise God for filling you, Gladwell, and for giving you so much to share. It is amazing, how listening has filled you. We all need to do this more. Blessings to you, too!
Great reminder, Janet. It’s leading me into my personal devotions this morning.
There are so many things I need reminders of! I hope your devotions (and day) were joy-filled, Ginny.
And, isn’t it wondrous how at peace a person can become when they take time to just listen to our Lord?
That peace is beautiful, Margaret.