Our scripture this week is Matthew 17:1-9.
While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”
Does it get any clearer than this? I’m sure Peter, John and James were overcome hearing the voice of God, telling them Jesus was indeed His son. Often I think “if only God would speak that directly to me”. How much easier it would be if I could hear exactly what God wants of me!
I realize the selfishness of my request and then must admit “not what I want, Lord, but Your will be done”. God works in His way, not ours. This is asking God for a sign, saying we want proof of His love and His power. God has already done that through the gift of His son and his word shared with us.
We need to pay attention to what God has asked of us – to love Him, love each other and make disciples of all nations. We need to pray when we are unsure of the path before us, and discuss with our brothers and sisters in Christ about how to proceed. God doesn’t need to prove anything to us, it is we who need to prove ourselves to Him.
Gracious God, we have been given the gift of Your love and and a connection to You. Help us to hear Your call and use these gifts, that others may come to know You. Amen.