Morning by Morning, June 17 - The Voice and the Presence of God
Good morning, Lord Jesus. Lead me in the ways of life in Christ today. ...
"Jesus said to her, 'Mary!' She turned and said to Him in Hebrew, 'Robbouni!' (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, 'Do not hold on to Me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to My brothers and say to them, 'I am ascending to My Father and your Father, to My God and your God.'" Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, 'I have seen the Lord!'; and she told them that He had said these things to her" (John 20:16-18).
In the midst of her grief and sorrow, her confusion and doubts, Mary needed a personal encounter with her Savior. And in the shards of her shattered dreams, You came to her and spoke to her. At sound of Your voice, speaking her name, she turned to You and all of that vanished away.
In that moment, Mary couldn't hold You physically in her arms, but she could hold forever in her heart. Your words, Your voice changed her forever in that encounter of Your Presence. And she couldn't wait to share her experience of her encounter with God-- the living Presence of the living Christ. She wanted everyone to know she had seen her Lord and heard Your voice.
Mary's life would never be the same. You are the Word of God (John 1:1). And one word from Your voice into our hearts changes everything. You want us to know Your Word and hear Your voice. "One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4). Your sheep hear Your voice (John 10:4).
In Your Presence and the power of Your voice, You invite us to embrace the promises of Your Word: "They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God. Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are of a fearful heart, 'Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God.... He will come and save you.' Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy.... Everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away!" (Isaiah 35:1-10)
You give us the grace to invite You into every moment of our lives, promising to be with us always (Matthew 28:20). You invite us today and every day to "hear (Your) voice," set free forever from "an evil, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God (Hebrews 3:12-15). When we do, like Mary, we will want everyone to know that we have seen our Lord and heard Your voice. And we will want everyone to know they can too -- even "today," even right now (Hebrews 4:7). In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
I pray you will embrace the Presence of the Lord and hear His voice speaking to your heart and changing hour life from the inside out. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!