|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Great thoughts from great Christians”
Our Bible verse for today: “He who belongs to God hears what God says.” John 8:47 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “The Bible proves that God does speak to us”
Let me assure you that if you are a Christian then you have heard God speak. You probably didn’t hear an audible voice, but you did hear Him speak. God speaks to His people. He speaks in many different ways but one thing that is certain, He does speak.
In “Experiencing God: Knowing and doing the will of God”, Henry Blackaby wrote, “One truth that is evident throughout the Bible is that God speaks to His people.” That’s an important truth. The Bible itself is God speaking to us through His written Word. But then, all throughout the Bible, we get example after example of God speaking to His people in multiple and varied ways. He spoke through a burning bush; He spoke in dreams; He spoke through angels; He spoke through the mouth of a donkey; He spoke from a cloud; and from a pillar of fire. He spoke through His creation, and He spoke through His Son. He spoke through prophets, preachers, teachers, song leaders, and through regular everyday people. On page after page, we get example after example of God speaking to His people.
And He continues to speak to us today. If you are His then He has spoken to you – many times and in many ways. Even if you didn’t know He was speaking, He was and He continues to. The question isn’t “if” He is speaking to you, the question is whether or not you are listening. The question is also whether or not you have learned how to hear Him.
As Henry teaches in Experiencing God, God can communicate with us in an infinite number of ways, and many of them are one-time events that are unique to the individual (Moses and his burning bush). But with that said, in our day there are five basic ways in which God most often speaks. They are through the Bible; through prayer; through our circumstances; through words of counsel from wise Christian friends; and through the testimony of the church.
We don’t have the time or space to explore those five ways in this devotional. That’s something you will need to do on your own. I encourage you to get a copy of “Experiencing God: Knowing and doing the will of God” and work through that 90-day Bible study. It could very well revolutionize your relationship with God just as it did for me almost thirty years ago. But the important truth for us this morning is that God does and is speaking to us because He wants to be heard and He wants to be understood.
Tomorrow I will share with you another important insight about this business of hearing God when He’s speaking to you. It’s another great thought from another great Christian. This time from a man by the name of Dallas Willard.
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