As an advocate for The Forgotten Initiative, I often say that one of my functions is to “be a voice” for the foster care community and the needs that exist there. Lately, I have been thinking about what it means to “be a voice”? How do I do that? If I say that God has called me to “be a voice”, what does that look like?
In working towards an answer to those questions, I began to think of times in the Bible where it talks about a “voice”. I am not trying to build any kind of theology here! I will simply share some examples of the word usage and how the Lord has encouraged me.
Examples of the word “voice” in the Bible
God – “you obeyed (or did not obey) My voice”,
“He speaks forth with His voice, a mighty voice”
Collectively - “The people answered with one voice” or “He heard our voice”
Emotional expression– “voice of weeping”, “cry with my voice”,
“voice of joy and thanksgiving”, “lifted up their voice and wept”
Tool for communication – “He hears my voice and my supplications”
The prophets – “their voice has gone out”, and John the Baptist:
“a voice of one crying in the wilderness”
Now I’ll be vulnerable and share my insights, one by one. I pray that they are helpful and thought provoking for you.
Right away, I was reminded of the power of a voice. The voice of the Lord spoke creation into being, and though our voices are not equal to His, we are created in His image and our words similarly hold power. Proverbs teaches us that death and life are in the power of the tongue. As followers of Jesus, and with His authority, our words can advance the Kingdom of God in mighty ways! Whew… that’s a big responsibility.
God speaks to us! And when God speaks, He expects obedience.
Together, the Body of Christ has a voice! Unity among believers is a proclamation to the world of the great power and love of Jesus. It’s inspiring and encouraging to know that I am not “being a voice” alone, rather I’m a part of a much bigger community and grand story. That gives me courage!
My voice needs to go up (to God) before it goes out (to others). I am deeply dependent on God’s wisdom, knowledge, grace, love, and direction. Without a personal, intimate relationship with Jesus and constant communication with Him, I am nothing! I heard this advice from someone, “talk to God about people before you talk to people about God.”
I have a lot to learn from the prophets. They were messengers of the Lord. The prophets we meet in Scripture were mouthpieces for God in very difficult situations. Being a voice will not always be convenient or easy.
The prophets also had unique messages. In the greater spectrum of orphan care, what specific message is God asking me to share? When we hear His voice speaking, making sure it’s in line with His Word, we can share confidently and passionately.
Forgotten Advocate: Columbia, SC
After having two biological children, Melisha and her husband Ryan, began the domestic adoption process and through this experience, God moved them to also pursue foster parenting. They serve full time in campus and family ministry through GraceLife Church. As a homeschooling mom, Melisha’s motto is “Make disciples!” She is excited to do this in her family and in every opportunity God gives her.