Monday, March 12, 2012

God is Still Speaking

Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another 
– showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes,
training us to live God’s way
.” (2 Timothy 3:16 The Message)

God is a God of communication and words. Throughout the ages He has spoken to us through the written Word, the spoken Word and the incarnate Word (Christ Himself). Regardless of what we thought things that can satisfied the desire of our heart – the truth is; our ultimate need and desire is to hear a word from God. Our world of printed as well as verbal noise can drown out the reality and wonder of God’s Word. There are always other books to read and speakers to listen to. Of course God does use books and people to speak to us. But Scripture is a primary way that the Holy Spirit opens us up to the God who is beyond us. Again I say, the Scripture is a primary way to hear God’s speaks.

In the Bible God reveals to us both our sin and our belovedness (meaning: the state or condition of being beloved, by God). Our desires for nourishment, strength, comfort and joy are all addressed in Scripture. Reading God’s Word, listening to Scripture on tape or singing biblical texts all put us in a place to attend to the God who speaks. God had spoken before, and God is still speaking and guiding us personally through the Word. Regularly being with God in His Word is a way we open ourselves to trusts and guidance outside us. Then, we can sing and declared with the Psalmist, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” (119:11)

As followers of Christ, we shall exemplify Jesus’ love of God’s Word in every area of His life. He used Scripture to answer those who tested Him, resist temptation, find guidance, encourage His heart, comfort others, explain His actions and ultimately face His own death. Even the Son of God obeyed and dedicated Himself to the authority of God’s Word (Jesus is the Word, John 1:1) in guiding His life (on earth) – how much more we, who are mortal and infinitely insignificant compare to Jesus, ought to do so? Keep company with Jesus no matter how little or much God speaks to you through His Word. The Scripture is God’s own word to us – listen to Him daily. Again I say, the Scripture is a primary way to hear God’s speaks. Amen.

I have not departed from the commandment of his (God’s) lips;
I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my portion of food
Reference: Spiritual disciplines handbook: practices that transform us by Adele Ahlberg.
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