“Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, ‘Brothers, what shall we do?’” Acts [2:37]
When I was growing up and I heard my mom yell out my full name, including my middle name, I knew I was in trouble.
Hearing her voice invoked a response. I wanted to run away and hide because when she yelled like that it always meant that I had done something wrong and she had found out.
When we hear God speaking to us, it also invokes a response. There is a right way to respond and a wrong way. We see the wrong way to respond in Genesis 3 after Adam and Eve sinned. They heard God’s voice calling to them in the garden. Instead of running to Him, they ran and tried to hide because they were naked and ashamed. They hid because they knew they had sinned and were afraid of how God would deal with their sin.
When we hear God’s correcting voice in our lives, it is important to remember that the correction is coming from God’s love. Hebrews 12:6 says “The Lord disciplines those he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” God wants what is best for us. The best way to respond is to run toward Him. Listen to His words and respond in confession and repentance, and then receive forgiveness.
Lord, thank You for loving me and caring for me enough to speak words of correction into my life. Help me to respond in the right way by coming to You with my sin instead of hiding it. Amen.