“In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son.” Hebrews 1:1-2
I use to say things like, “Well, I would know it was God speaking if he spoke to me through the burning bush in my backyard or turned my purse into a serpent. The OT guys had it easy. There was no doubt when God was speaking to them.” I was living like God didn’t speak to me/us anymore, but He does. Just in a different way. Jesus had not arrived in the Old Testament, so God had to speak for himself. When Jesus walked the earth, God spoke through Him. From Acts to today, God still speaks, but He uses the Holy Spirit. Not as noticeable as a burning bush or a person standing in front of you, but still very much alive and desires to speak to our hearts. Bottom line: God still speaks – just in a different way.
Henry Blackaby says, “If a Christian does not know when God is speaking, he is in trouble at the heart of his Christian life.” This is to say that in order to hear God, we must know Him intimately. We must understand that He speaks through other believers He places in our path, through our prayer time, through our study of His Word, or through a situation you may be facing. What is so awesome is that He doesn’t speak to us the same way every time and He doesn’t speak to me the same way He may speak to you. He wants to meet us where we are, make it meaningful and special to us. For example, if my husband came home and brought me roses I would be surprised and very happy, but if he came home with tulips (my favorite flower) it would mean even more to me. God knows us better than we know ourselves and He wants to speak to us in a way that will be meaningful and special to us. God is speaking to you! Are you listening?
My son came home from preschool last year and told me, “I wasn’t a good listener in Spanish today, but they didn’t put me in jail, just time out!” This made me laugh, but there is also a good lesson in this. Listening . . . especially when God speaks is crucial to experiencing God in our lives. If we continue to hear and not respond when God speaks to us we could face a “famine of hearing the words of the Lord” Amos 8:11-12.
We need to decide today that 1) we will take the time to get to know our Father intimately so that when He speaks we will recognize it and 2) when He does speak that we will take immediate action and be obedient to His direction or request.
“Consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him” Luke 8:18