March 23, 2014

john5-28

John 5:25-29

“Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.” (John 5:25) When God speaks, people listen—even dead people! We should not be surprised that the dead hear his voice.

Our Lord’s voice is powerful. From the beginning, God spoke, and things happened. With only his voice, God called order out of chaos, light out of darkness, and brought all life into being. God’s voice, like God himself, has no limits.

Unfortunately, not all people hear God’s voice. Even those who know his voice sometimes cannot hear his voice. We may have too many distractions that prevent us from hearing. We may be listening too intently to the other sounds of life—work, family, friends—and fail to notice when God is speaking. We may hear God’s voice, but not really listen and follow through on living the way he calls us to live.

During this season of Lent, let us make time to be quiet and truly listen for the voice of God. Our Lord is speaking, and he is speaking life. Are you listening?

Prayer: Loving God, you are always speaking to us, calling us from fear to belief, from complacency to action, from death to life; quiet our hearts and open our ears that we may truly hear and faithfully respond to your life-giving voice. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Paulette McHugh,
Vicar at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lexington, SC.

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