Saturday, 10 December 2011

God of the Second Chance

Photo Credit: Martin LaBar
"Today, if you hear his voice, 
do not harden your hearts."
Hebrews 3:7

I had a conversation with someone recently in which I said that I sometimes hear voices. What I meant and what they heard, were two vastly different things. What they heard was that I may be schizophrenic; what I meant was that God still speaks via that still small voice. Interesting how, depending on where we come from (Christian versus non-Christian), we can have a vastly different view of voice(s) in the head. No doubt there are many for whom the voices in the head are demonic and for which the secular psychiatrist's diagnosis is often, right or wrong, schizophrenia. However, when Christians hear the voice of God, that's a very different thing.

"Be still, and know that I am God."
Psalm 46:10

Could it be that the main reason many people do not hear that still small voice of God is because they do not know how to be still? I am not talking about stepping off planet Earth and away from all earthly distractions. What I am talking about is cultivating a regular quiet time with the Lord in which we can learn to hear His voice. The old timers used to call this one of the spiritual disciplines. If we discipline ourselves in quiet devotional times, could it be that we then are more likely to hear His voice even in the not so quiet times of our daily routines? I wonder.

"Heal the sick, raise the dead"
Matthew 10:8

Jesus said this to the twelve disciples when He sent them out. Do we believe that the same instructions can and do apply to us today? In the video that follows, I would bet that the man who suffered the massive heart attack was glad to have a doctor who believed that Jesus' words still applied today. Obviously this is a doctor who believed in listening to the voice in his head and who knew enough to realize that Jesus was ultimately the real Great Physician.

In speaking about this with my wife, we discussed the fact that sometimes these types of things still surprise us, when really they shouldn't. Why should we be surprised if God chooses to give someone a second chance at salvation by raising him from the dead? Fact is, God loves us so much and desires that all mankind would come to know Him. Obviously not all do, but as in this case, it's nice to know that God is sometimes also the God of second chances.

As miraculous and wonderful as this story turned out to be, I do have one concern. In the video the doctor repeatedly speaks about his part in this healing / raising from the dead. He makes mention of the nurse who screamed, "what have YOU done?" What disappoints me is that he nowhere gives the credit and glory to God. Maybe I'm wrong, but the impression I was left with was all the sensationalism of what the doctor had done. I missed the part of his testimony of giving glory to God for what HE (God) had done. 

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