God wants to be heard and understood

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Hearing from God”
Our Bible verse for today: “My sheep hear my voice; I know them and they follow me.” John 10:27 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “God wants to be heard and understood”
I refer often to the Bible study by Henry Blackaby “Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God.” That’s because no other Bible study I’ve ever participated in has had a more profound impact on me than that one. It radically changed my understanding of God and it opened-up my relationship with Him in ways I never anticipated.
There were two lessons in that study that were especially impactful for me. The first was this observation by Blackaby, (I’m paraphrasing) “If I can’t hear God speaking to me, and know that it is Him, I am in trouble at the heart of my Christian life.” Henry went on to explain that God wants to be heard and understood by His people. It’s in His own interest for His people to be able to hear Him and to understand Him. That made perfect sense to me and it helped to convince me that God does indeed speak to me personally, and that I simply needed to learn how to hear and understand Him.
The second important lesson was that although God can speak to us in an infinite number of ways, in our day He typically speaks in five ways: through prayer, through the Bible, through the circumstances of our lives, through the counsel of other Christians, and through the testimony of the church.
In Scripture we see God speaking to people through a burning bush, from the mouth of a donkey, in dreams, by means of angels, through the mouths of prophets, and much more. So, the point holds that God can speak to us any way He wants but again, in our day, God typically communicates with us in the five ways Henry outlines in his study. In my own experience, over more than thirty years since then, I have personally discovered that God does indeed communicate very clearly in all those ways.
In the days to come we will turn our attention to carefully examining how God uses each one of those methods to speak with us. Tomorrow we will consider how He speaks to us through the Bible.
God bless,
Pastor Jim
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