You’re the voice, try and understand it, Make a noise and make it clear
Reference: v.14 One of the servants told Abigail, Nabal’s wife, “David sent messengers from the wilderness to give our master his greetings, but he hurled insults at them. (TNIV Bible)
Explore: One of our singing legends in Australia is John Farnham. (He is not dead yet, however, he has proclaimed his retirement a number of times.)
Over his 45 years of singing fame, he has belted out many great rock songs. Some of his lyrics are better known than our own national anthem!
“You’re the Voice” is one of his best known songs and has been rocked out from mid 1980s. As I read through this passage in 1 Samuel I was actually reminded of its chorus:
You’re the voice, try and understand it
Make a noise and make it clear…
We’re not gonna sit in silence
We’re not gonna live with fear
While this may just be a pop song from a great Aussie singer, the words are inspiring and quite challenging.
Application: God has given each of us a voice to speak. It is our choice as to whether we use our voice for good or evil.
In this passage, Abigail had a servant who used his voice to speak out about her husband’s actions. This seems quite simple. and yet, it could have cost him his job and possibly even his life as he was speaking ill of his master.
But everyone has a voice and can choose to use it or not. There are times when people use their voice to treat people unfairly.
Then there are times when people remain silent, choosing not to stand up for those in need. I believe that there are times when holding your tongue is just as bad as speaking ill of people.
We all have a voice. How we choose to use it will determine whether we sit in silence or make a noise and make it clear.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for giving us a voice. May we use it with integrity and with grace to bring love and justice. Amen.
What ‘noise’ is God asking you to make?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.