February 20

2 Peter 1:16-18

“We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain.” vs. 18

The oldest account of Jesus’ baptism indicates that his experience with the voice and the spirit was a private affair and that it happened as he was emerging from the Jordan. Here Peter indicates that on the Mount of the Transfiguration the voice from heaven was for the benefit of the disciples present. The affirmation was not for Jesus, but for those who were following him. They heard here from the highest authority that Jesus was indeed the beloved Son of God. It’s amazing how often we too need that kind of authoritative word to bolster our own convictions. Even though we want to trust our own spiritual experiences it feels good if someone else can affirm what we are feeling. We want to know we’re not wasting our time on the journey and that we are going in the right direction. We may not get a voice out of a cloud on a mountaintop, but we learn to make do with what’s available. So when a friend, or some person we respect, tells us that we’ve made the proper choices, our own resolve is magnified. The world is a confusing place and there are any number of conflicting ideas and theories floating around, and most of us don’t have the expertise to make distinctions. What a blessing it is then, to get direction that we can trust! 

Thought for the Day: Who’s my most trusted adviser about faith matters?

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