On That Mountain

17 He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” 18 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain. 2 Peter 1:17-18

Very few people in this world can ever say they’ve heard the voice of God. Oh, God speaks to us through other people, His Word, and in prayer, but Peter heard the actual voice of God. There’s not doubt that he realized what a privilege it was to be one of the select few who could ever say that. I’m sure he could recall what he was thinking when it all occurred.

One day we will all be able to say that we heard the literal voice of God. In fact, He’s probably in heaven saying that about us now, “See that Jim down there. I’m pleased with Him. Just look at him serve!” He’s probably bragging about us now as a good Father would at every conceivable moment.

How are we doing though? Are we giving Him shareable moments? Are we serving the way we know how? Are we as compassionate or loving or kind as we know how to be? My point isn’t to beat us up if we’re not doing those things, but I think there’s room for improvement in all of us. Life just wears us down and hardens us.

That certainly gives us an opportunity to be refreshed every morning, to renew our minds, to recalibrate our priorities. We can do that every morning. And every night. And every afternoon if we need.

Peter had a once-in-a-millennia memory of his encounter with the Heavenly Father. He was also eyewitness to the Savior Himself. While our encounters with the Father and Son may not be as tangible as Peter’s, we shouldn’t discount our regular and private communion with God. He desires that closeness. He wants us to draw close to Himself.

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