We Speak With God’s Voice

20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” 23 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day. 24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
(Genesis 1:20-25)
 The voice of the Lord is powerful;  the voice of the Lord is majestic … The voice of the Lord shakes the desert … 10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord is enthroned as King forever. 11 The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.
(Psalm 29:4-11)
Next time, we will look at the creation of men and women. Before we do that, let’s just take a moment to reflect on all that came before. Humanity was the last thing that God created. Before that, he created the sun, moon, stars and planets. He created the oceans and all the plants and animals that live in them. He created dry land and all the plants and animals that live on it too. Take a moment to think about the huge variety of flora and fauna in the world. God created all of it out of nothing, in just five days, using nothing but the power of his almighty voice.

That’s why it is such good news that you have disciplined yourself to engage with these first five days of Everyday Devotions. As you read the Word of God, you allow the voice of God to speak words over you. You partner with the Lord in his creative work in you. You allow him to help you to start your life over again.

Psalm 29 celebrates the power of God’s voice during creation week, and it encourages us to believe in the power of God’s voice in our own lives today. Take the time to read its verses slowly and to tell God that you believe that every word of the Bible is true. Ask him to keep on speaking words of creative power into your life as you read it.
1)   What is your favourite fish, bird and animal? What do those three creatures tell you about their Creator?

2)   How should the fact that God created our world and declared that it was good affect the way we live in it? What do these verses say about the Lord’s concern for climate change, conservation and sustainability?

3)   God’s voice is powerful, and 1 Peter 4:11 encourages us to believe that God has commissioned us to speak with his voice to the world with that same power. Who would you most like God to speak to through you today?
Father God, I thank you that your voice is all-powerful. Thank you also that you have commissioned me to speak with your voice to people today. Help me to speak up about how we are to steward your creation and, more than that, about how your Son became a human in order to bring the humans that you have created back to you. Amen.
If you have time, consider carrying on your conversation with God using one of our helpful Prayer Pathways.
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