“God’s voice is glorious in the thunder. We can’t even imagine the greatness of his power” (Job 37:5, NLT).
Lightning and thunder can be both terrifying and awe-inspiring. Watching lightning rip through the sky followed by the loudest sound in the world is better than watching a movie. I once had the opportunity to see this amazing natural show from my room at the top of a hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa. I was told it happens often over the city so they were used to it, but I couldn’t stay away from the window, eyes glued to the sky, thrilled by each jagged bolt.
It’s no wonder Elihu heard the voice of God in thunder. The sheer power and force in each clap are tremendous. As The Message puts it, “No one can mistake that voice.” God’s strength and power are beyond our ability to imagine or comprehend but the glimpses we see in a storm are enough to know his voice can shake the heavens and the earth. And it already has—when he sent his Son, the Word, to shake the universe with grace. The sound of his unmistakable voice still echoes throughout the world, as the Holy Spirit sheds his love and grace on those within hearing distance—and that’s everyone!