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Weekday Devotional for Second Presbyterian Church - May 29, 2020

Exodus 19:16-20
On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, as well as a thick cloud on the mountain, and a blast of a trumpet so loud that all the people who were in the camp trembled.  Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God.  They took their stand at the foot of the mountain.  Now Mount Sinai was wrapped in smoke, because the LORD had descended upon it in fire; the smoke went up like the smoke of a kiln, while the whole mountain shook violently.  As the blast of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses would speak and God would answer him in thunder.  When the LORD descended upon Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain, the LORD summoned Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up.

Thunder and Lightning.  Clouds of smoke and fire.  Mountains violently shaking.  There has been a long history among God’s people of understanding how God speaks.  Before the giving of the Holy Spirit post resurrection, this was very clear to the people.  But this doesn’t change for us.  God continues to speak to us in many different ways, we just have to be open to hearing God’s voice.  I know some people who have audibly heard God’s voice but I know a lot more people who haven’t.  That doesn’t mean that God doesn’t speak to them, it means God is speaking differently.  How have you heard God speak to you?

Prayer: Gracious God, speak to us in your way.  Allow us to hear you through the words of others and in even more ways, LORD God.  We are sorry for the times we have refused to listen to you when you are speaking to us.  Be gracious among us and show us your mercy. In Christ’s name, we pray. Amen.