June 30 Devotional

Have you ever been in a crowded church lobby and heard a child call out, “Mom?”  Have you noticed that even though there might be twenty moms in that lobby, the one who’s child called, looks?  I have seen a Deaf mother “feel” when her child needs her.  We all are sensitive to those who we love and care for.  This same kind of thing happened in the New Testament.


After Jesus rose from the dead, the first person to arrive at His empty grave was Mary Magdalene.  When she arrived, she found the stone rolled away, and the tomb empty.  She ran quickly to the disciples to tell them that someone had taken the body of Jesus from His grave.  Peter and John ran to the tomb to investigate.  They found the grave-clothes of Jesus lying in one place, and the napkin that would normally have been placed over the face of Jesus folded and in a different place.  It was at that moment that they believed Jesus had risen from the dead.  They returned to tell the others.  This left Mary Magdalene alone at the tomb.  She was weeping, still assuming that the body of Jesus had been taken.


At this point, Mary met a person she thought was the gardener.  “Jesus saith unto her, ‘Woman, why weepest thou?  Whom seekest thou?’  She, supposing Him to be the gardener, saith unto Him, ‘Sir, if thou have borne Him hence, tell me where thou hast laid Him, and I will take him away.’  Jesus saith unto her, ‘Mary.’  She turned herself, and saith unto Him, ‘Rabboni;’ which is to say, ‘Master’” (John 20:15-16a).  When Mary heard her name spoken from that familiar voice, her sadness turned to joy.  Her mourning turned to rejoicing.  Her desolation turned to enthusiasm.


It caused me to think about how well I can hear the voice of God when He speaks to me.  Today God does not speak with a voice to our ear.  He does speak through His Word to our heart.   He does speak through the Holy Spirit within us to our spirit.  The question is not whether God is speaking to us … the question really is, are we listening to what He has to say.  I believe this is the most important time of our lives to be listening intently for the voice of our Heavenly Father.  Mary knew the sound of that voice so much that when He said that simple, “Mary,” it jolted her from despair to exultation!  He is speaking to us today.  Listen for His voice in His Word today.  Pay attention to the whispers of God today within your spirit.  Ask God to help you be sensitive to His voice today.  He has a great deal to say to us if we will just pay attention to His voice.

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