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He could have stretched out His finger and forged a valley or carved out of nothing a river. He could have reached across the universe, tapped an angel, and gestured for a flurry of light. He could have sent a heavenly wind to propel His sparkling stars across the sky, or gathered molecules from another galaxy to shape and multiply the animals. He could have used all sorts of gaudy gimmicks and flashy fireworks—even a big bang—to create. Yet he chose not to. Instead, He simply spoke. “And it happened” (vv. 9, 11, 15, 24, 30 NCV). Life happened. There is power in the very voice of God, and through God’s creative voice, we can see the magnitude of His power. The voice that spoke at Creation was the same one that said, “Snake, you are cursed.” This voice later called to Moses from a burning bush, then chiseled in stone the commandments for all humans to obey. Later the same voice announced, “This is My beloved Son” (Matt. 3:17 NKJV), forever

identifying Jesus as one to whom worship is due. And it is the voice of God that

will one day declare, “Time is no more.” Today God’s voice whispers peace to our hearts at the bedside of a dying saint. Likewise it whispers, “Come to Me” (Matt. 11:28 NKJV) and offers rest. But before all of this, with the sovereign power of His voice, God created a world. That God spoke things into existence is no less significant than the fact that He created out of nothing. In speaking, God confirmed the words of His mouth as absolute authority.9 As He speaks, He demonstrates His supreme self-sufficiency and self-determination. It is “through His power,” Paul wrote, that “all things were made—things in heaven and on earth, things seen and unseen, all powers, authorities, lords, and rulers . . . He was there before anything was made, and all things continue because of Him” (Col. 1:16–17 NCV).

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Called to Worship  

An exploration of worship in the Scriptures, Dr. Whaley's new book is a resourceful tool for ministry professionals, as well as seminary stu...

Called to Worship  

An exploration of worship in the Scriptures, Dr. Whaley's new book is a resourceful tool for ministry professionals, as well as seminary stu...

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