“Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” (John 28-29 ESV)
This scene takes place after Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the donkey a week before He was crucified. The crowd surrounding Him had seen Him raise Lazarus from the dead. Word spread of His miracle and many came to see Him. Jesus was preparing for the events to come explaining what it means to follow Him. He finishes with, “Father, glorify your name.” Then God the Father speaks.
I think the reaction of the crowd is interesting. They had never audibly heard God speak. Some believed it was God Himself while others said it was an angel. Either way, they were words from heaven.
I wonder why some of the people thought it was an angel. Was it too much for them to think God would actually speak aloud in their presence? Did their theology prevent them from recognizing God? Was their understanding of God so limited, they refused to believe it was Him? They were so caught up in who said it, they missed the actual words.
I think we all face the same quandary. We hear a voice and have to decide if it’s God. We have to make a choice to follow or stand still. Sometimes, we jump on the bandwagon with no questions asked running for the promise He has set before us. And yet, other times we stand there wondering. We question. We explain away the divine intervention. Sometimes, we are so preoccupied with who said it; we neglect to hear what was said.
Listen for God’s voice today. Ask Him to speak and He will. Seek Him with your whole heart and He will not deny you. And when He speaks, don’t question. Simply obey.