Does it sometimes make you cringe to hear your own voice?
It does me.
Sometimes I just can’t stand to hear myself speak. Plus, my words hardly ever seem to come out in the way I want them to.
But do you know what? God loves hearing us use our voice, especially when it’s used to praise Him, to speak to Him, to honor Him, to tell the world of Him, or to speak what His Word says.
He longs to hear our voices speak those things. He doesn’t want His children to be “silenced” by the enemy (which quickly turns into us silencing our own selves…)
As I was pondering this thought that came to me this morning, I was reminded of this beautiful passage in Song of Songs that I’ve held onto closely for the last few years…
“My beloved spoke, and said to me:
“Rise up, my love, my fair one,
And come away.
For lo, the winter is past,
The rain is over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth;
The time of singing has come,
And the voice of the turtledove
Is heard in our land.
The fig tree puts forth her green figs,
And the vines with the tender grapes
Give a good smell.
Rise up, my love, my fair one,
And come away!
“O my dove, in the clefts of the rock,Song of Songs 2:10-14
In the secret places of the cliff,
Let me see your face,
Let me hear your voice;
For your voice is sweet,
And your face is lovely.”
(I’ll admit that I don’t usually dig into Song of Songs too much because it makes me a little uncomfortable to read. haha! Not saying that’s right, but just being honest. But I do find myself coming back to this passage a lot. There’s so much symbolism in this book that is just beautiful.)
When I feel like the enemy wants to silence me, to shut me down, to hold me captive… I know that God has given me His power and His strength to break free of the lies I am tempted to believe about myself. I know that God has given me a voice to use to speak, and the ability (through His power) to break out of the captivity from years and years of believing the lies.
When you’ve lived in a certain way for most of your life, sometimes it takes a journey to walk away from that old way, but God… He is our help, our Deliverer, and He walks every step with us!
Sometimes I look at His way, and I think, “God? Where are You taking me? Why are You taking this path? Why are You having me do this thing? Why are You having me say this thing? What are You doing?”
“Why Why Why Why…”
His answer is simply, “Trust Me. I’ve got you.”
And that’s all I need to know. ??☀️
Thank You, Lord.?