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The silent voices

Hebrews 12,1 "...wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us."

God has given us ears so that we can hear the natural sounds. We can hear people speaking, the blowing of the wind, the rushing of water. We hear many noises and voices. There are those which we can hear and those which we cannot hear. We want to consider the voices which we cannot hear.

Scripture tells us that there is a visible and an invisible world (2 Kings 6,11-17, Numbers 22,31). The writer of Hebrews talks about us being surrounded by a cloud of witnesses. In Psalm 34,7 king David speaks about the angels of the LORD camping around those who fear Him. Already in the first chapter of Job we are given a glimpse into the invisible world through a particular situation. Satan is standing before the LORD and is making accusations against Job who is a righteous man. Job did not see or hear any of it. The voices were concealed from him. When Satan caused one misfortune after another to occur in Job's life with the intent that he would curse God, Job nevertheless remained faithful. No doubt there was at that time an innumerable crowd of witnesses who cried out to Job, "Job, stay faithful, Job, don't deny God, Job, you're not alone, we're on your side, Job keep on going on and don't give up. "Job did not hear these voices, they were inaudible for his ears.

But what a person does and says does not remain hidden from God! Jesus says: "But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment," (Mt. 12,36). Those that love God take God's Word seriously now so that they can watch out for how they speak, think and act. For we also have a cloud of invisible witnesses around us. (rw)