“Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.” (Mark 9:8 NIV)
Imagine how astonished Peter, James and John must have been when Jesus’ appearance was transformed and they saw Elijah and Moses talking to him, on the Mount of Transfiguration. A cloud then covered them and the disciples heard a voice saying, “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”
It is noteworthy that what the disciples were directed to do in that miraculous moment was to listen to the Lord. You see, the thing that the Lord wants from us is our attention, because has all kinds of things to show us and to tell us.
So what did the words, “Listen to him,” mean to the disciples? Well, it could have meant that they should read the Scriptures, but all the disciples had at the time was the law of Moses. No, this directive was more personal; in fact, it was supernatural. The Lord wanted to commune with them and to lead and guide them.
The Lord wants to speak to us today, too; because he knows where we are, how we live, and when we need encouragement. He wants to tell us that he loves us; and he wants to guide us and to reveal himself to us and to use us for his glory. He’s always talking… but are we listening?
Sadly, a person can preach, teach Sunday school, sing in a choir, and yet never hear from the Lord. They could just be going through the motions mechanically. So you get pastors who perhaps have preached countless sermons; and their preaching may be right and doctrinally sound. But does the message have life to it? Is the deacon or Bible study leader being led of the Lord as they minister to the body of Christ? That has to do with communion with the Lord. We need to remember the words that the disciples heard that day: “Listen to him!” We need to spend time with him and listen for his voice!
Notice that when the cloud disappeared on the Mount of Transfiguration, only Jesus was left. That’s all we need. When we have Jesus, we have everything. There’s no need to rely on talent, degrees, IQ, our finances, a preacher or a network of friends.
If you are feeling weak, frail and overwhelmed today, or if you need guidance in a special way, listen for his voice. Jesus will speak to you, and he will bring you through.
Read Mark 9:8-13.