We are in desperate need of a “voice”. There are many good preachers, but no ‘voice’ in the UK. The late Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones was a voice. He was respected and listened to, even though criticized by some. John MacArthur is a ‘voice’ in the USA. He stands against error and is not afraid to speak out. His influence through his radio and TV broadcasts and his books is enormous.
But we have no comparable voice in the UK. There is a famine of hearing the word of God today (Amos 8:11, 12). Not so much a famine of preaching. There are many earnest and sincere preachers. But there is no nation-moving voice.
We cannot make ourselves into a voice. Only God can make a preacher into a voice. We read of John the Baptist – uneducated, rough, a loner – “there was a man sent from God whose name was John.” (John 1:6, 23; Matt. 3:3; Mk. 1:3; Luke 3:4). God does not depend upon colleges. They are turning out men by the dozen. But so far there seems to be no ‘voice’ among them. A few of them are genuine men of God, earnest, sincere, godly, but as yet they are not ‘the voice’.
Only God can make a man into a ‘voice’ to the nation. God does not need university education, though he can and does use it, Moses and Paul, Luther and Calvin, for example, plus many of the godly Puritans. But education is indifferent to God. He has his own ways of training men. He makes the voice with or without education. Generally speaking we should seek the best education we can get. But far, far more important is that we should seek to be men of God, dwelling in the secret place of the Most High.
The lack of a ‘voice’ may be, and probably is, part of God’s judgment upon us. Amos 8:11, 12 makes it clear that it is God who sends the famine of hearing the Word. We need to repent of our pride, our sin, our unbelief and beseech God to have mercy upon us and to raise up and send ‘a voice’. (Matt. 9:38).