Hebrews 1:1-2a; God who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son.
God has spoken and made himself known in many ways. One of these ways He speaks is in lightning and thunder; Loud and boisterous, mighty and deafening, threatening yet wonderful. Listen to some of the times that it’s recorded throughout His word that He has done this.
In Exodus 20:18-20a; At Mount Sinai, the lightning and thunder was so loud and overwhelming that the Israelites told Moses; “Let God speak to us through you because if he speaks directly to us we will surely die.” Pretty awesome huh?
In 2Samuel 22:14-15a; David speaking to the Lord in a psalm of thanksgiving is saying that God “rides on the wings of the wind in thick clouds of dark water, and that he thunders from heaven with the voice of the most High and sends out lightning…”
In Psalms 18:13-14a; David again says, “The Lord also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire, and he shot out lightnings…”
In Job 37:3-5; “God directs his lightning unto the ends of the earth, after it a voice roareth with the voice of his excellency, God thundereth marvelously with his voice.” Think of how true this is…every time you see lightning; a few seconds later, you always hear thunder.
In Revelation 4:5; John says, “I saw the throne of Almighty God and him that sat thereon and that out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings.”
And lastly, in John 12:28-29a; Jesus says the words, “Father, glorify thy name.” Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. (and "according to the scriptures" it says), The people that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered… Totally awesome.
Many people are afraid of storms that produce thunder and lightning. I happen to love them. To me, its God’s way of speaking and saying, I am still the God of this universe, listen to my mighty voice and see my display of awesome power. …and when I speak, you listen.
When was the last time you were awakened by a thunder storm in the middle of the night and slipped out of bed and went out and opened your garage door and just stood there and listened to Almighty God speak in the thunderings and lightenings? When was the last time you raised your arms towards heaven during a thunderstorm and praised and thanked God for his mighty power and for giving you such a marvelous display of it?
Now… what about the God who in these last days has spoken and still speaks to us through his Son. It’s a still quiet voice, no thunder, no lightning, but the display is super colossialically spectacular. Perhaps you’ve been there…you are at the Lord’s Table… you look down at what you hold in your hands…what a display of power and might…you are holding the very love of God in your hands.
In one hand you see a piece of bread, and in a still quiet voice, you can hear Jesus say if you recall the words He spoke in Luke 22:19; “this is my body which is given for you.” The scripture in Ephesians 2:14-16 comes to mind reminding you that it’s through this broken body that the “middle wall of partition” has been broken down…no more going through a priest or middle man… the veil in the temple has been torn from top to bottom… you’re now given the expressed privilege of coming straight to the very throne of the most Holy and Reverend God. You can say, “I love you” face to face…one on one.
In the other hand you see a cup, and in this cup is the fruit of the vine, and if you recall the words that Jesus spoke in Matthew 26:28 you can hear Him say in that still quiet voice, “this is my blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for you for the remission of your sins.” Imagine with me if you will the awesome display of power as you drink this cup…your sins are washed away…you have just renewed the covenant with the one who died for you…and perhaps through watering eyes, you promise to be faithful to this covenant.
The next time your experiencing the wonders of a storm, let Almighty God speak to you through the lightnings and thunderings. And the next time you sit at the Lord’s Table, experience the love of God and let the words that Jesus has spoken…speak to you again there also.