Bob Stiles

In early January of 2006, CIA officials believed an audio-taped message threatening the United States was from al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who warned that plans for terror attacks were under way - and also offered a "long-term truce."

" ... The war against America and its allies will not be confined to Iraq," the voice on the tape said, adding that "Iraq has become a magnet for attracting and training talented fighters”…. “It's only a matter of time," the voice said, referring to attacks. "They are in the planning stages, and you will see them in the heart of your land as soon as the planning is complete.”

It seems to be big news around the world each time there’s a new terrorist tape identifying the voice as that of Osama bin Laden. His voice is authenticated and the world-wide attention proves that his voice is still a powerful one.

Psalms 29:1-9: “Give honor to the Lord, you angels; give honor to the Lord for His glory and strength. Give honor to the Lord for the glory of His name. Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness. The voice of the Lord echoes above the sea. The God of glory thunders. The Lord thunders over the mighty sea. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty. The voice of the Lord splits the mighty cedars; the Lord shatters the cedars of Lebanon. He makes Lebanon's mountains skip like a calf and Mount Hermon to leap like a young bull. The voice of the Lord strikes with lightning bolts. The voice of the Lord makes the desert quake; the Lord shakes the desert of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord twists mighty oaks and strips the forests bare. In His Temple everyone shouts, "Glory!"”

What does today's Scripture teach us about the power of God's voice? The cedars of Lebanon were giant trees that could grow to 120 feet in height and 30 feet in circumference. A voice that could split the cedars of Lebanon would be a truly powerful voice - the voice of God. All that was impressive to people was under God's complete control. Psalm 33 says that when He spoke, the world began! It appeared at His command. Let everyone stand in awe of Him!

You see, there is a voice - more powerful than any earthly one- the voice of the Almighty God, the only true God, which has been authenticated through the Holy Spirit, as revealed to us in the Bible. The awesome thing is that God wants to speak His powerful voice into our lives! Jesus said, “I will not leave you alone, I will come to you…. I will give you another Counselor who will never leave you! And when He comes, He will guide you into all the truth, for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. You can believe in and trust the voice of God. He is real! Take a couple of minutes to praise God. You might want to read today's scripture aloud as words of praise. Thank Him for His ultimate power and control. Tell God what you need in your listen for His voice. Every day this week, take a moment to meditate on the truth that God's voice is the most powerful.

Bob Stiles is the Worship Pastor at Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Grove City