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Are You Listening?

December 28, 2014 by

Bible-and-cup

“…has in these last days spoken to us by His Son…” ~Hebrews 1:2

I am in the throes of getting prepared to teach a study in the Book of Hebrews. As I was doing some research, my thoughts for this Morning Offering were guided to the entirety of the opening verses of this book: the whole notion that God spoke/speaks. In his book, William Newell quotes an old Puritan preacher who used to say that he desired to know two things: “First, Does God speak? Second, What Does He say?”

Many even question the existence of God, let alone does He speak. But, here in Hebrews we are told confidently that in the Old Testament He did indeed speak, and in diverse manner: prophets, personal appearance (the Angel of the Lord), putting words in mouths (“thus says the LORD”), and by visions and dreams into the mind of some (see Numbers 12:6-8).

In the opening chapters of the Book of Romans, Paul alludes to the fact that God spoke through His creation. But, again humanity lives and acts as if it doesn’t matter (see Romans 1:18-20). Paul rightly concluded the cause in 2 Corinthians 4:4.

Hebrews’ (New Testament time) opening point is that, at the end of those (OT) days, God spoke to mankind in His Son (original Greek text) [interesting choice of words]. In Christ, the revelation of God is the fullest manifestation of His being. The message, of course, is that God loves us and sent His Son to take our place at Calvary. He did that so we might be restored to our proper place with God.

Today, we believe that God speaks primarily to us by His Spirit in the Scriptures. God saw fit to have His words recorded for our benefit (and instruction). But, on occasion He might speak to us—not audibly—but by a still, small voice.

Oh, and, yes, I believe God speaks (on occasion) to us through circumstances, as well. This manner is probably the hardest for us; primarily, because we are not looking for his “voice” in our circumstances. 

Are you listening?

Pastor-John

 

Please welcome our Sunday morning contributing writer, Pastor John Roberts. John is the pastor of New Hope Fellowship in the great Northwest where he resides with his wife of 47 years.

 

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Heather asks: What do you think? Are you aware of God speaking to you? Share with us in the comments. 

8 Responses to Are You Listening?

  1. BJ

    Yes he does in that “feeling” about something, that thought you know came from God, that small voice. I find usually when i am not merely waiting for an immediate answer, but getting that still small voice when you least expect it.

    • Heather

      It’s all about trusting in His perfect timing and listening for that still, small voice, isn’t it BJ? Thanks so much for reading and sharing your thoughts with us. Blessings.

  2. Rick

    I find that the more time i spend seeking him, the more i hear him speak. That still small voice comes through when i read his word, when i pray, when i worship, and when i fellowship with other believers. Psalms 1:1-3 which i just read this morning, talks about what we are like when we mediate on his word day and night (and what were like when we don’t). It says we are like trees planted along a riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Are we able to bear fruit on our own? No, but if we are hearing and obeying God’s instructions, then we are hearing what he is speaking! Praise God for his Holy Spirit that was sent to dwell in us and allow us to hear Him so we may know his will for us! Thank you for your Sunday offering too that can also be read on Tuesday!

    • Heather

      Amen! Well said, Daddy! Thank you for taking the time to read and to share such encouraging and uplifting truths with us. God has surely blessed me with you. xo

  3. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

    Oh yes God speaks! I’ve had several occasions when I realized it could only be God.

    One that I like to tell is about how I was sitting in church during a “Compassion Canada” campaign and I told God there was absolutely NO way I was adopting a foster child. I had no money, our finances were turbulent already, and it just wasn’t feasible. I argued and bartered with God. There’s no other way to describe it. Then the speaker said for us to pray to God and after that he would show us a short video about the Compassion Canada mission.

    I prayed/debated with God some more and then the video started. It was entitled: Grace finds Hope.

    I have two daughters… Grace and Hope. God spoke loud and clear and we “adopted” our foster child that day.

    I shared that story on my blog and I love to tell people it because it is NOT coincidence. It is clearly God telling me what I needed to do.

    I am a fairly “new” Christian and I sincerely believe if we EXPECT to see and hear God we WILL see and hear God. Now I haven’t heard him audibly but I’ve heard him through people, through circumstances, and I’ve seen Him in creation.

    I also think that to hear him we have to be still! Be still. Be still. God wants us to slow down and rest in Him not just for our own good but also so that He can visit with us.

    Thanks so much for sharing. Can you tell this topic of “listening” to and for God inspires me?!

    Blessings to you Heather and thank you Pastor John for sharing.
    xoxo

    • Heather

      Thank you so much, Jennifer, for sharing that beautiful story with us. Our God is incredible, isn’t He? May we all be still enough to hear His precious voice this year more than ever before. Let us expect to see Him in 2015 as we walk in obedience trusting that following His voice always leads to our good and His glory. Happy New Year!

  4. thebetterbaker11

    God is so wonderful to speak to us through His Holy Word, through others and our circumstances too. There have been those times I have said to myself “Why am I thinking about this?”…only to realize it was God speaking to me. What a thrill! This is a very lovely post. I not only long for God to speak to me, I long for Him to know my voice as well. =) Thanks for sharing this very encouraging message.

    • Heather

      Isn’t my Pastor a blessing, Marsha? I, too, long for God to speak to me. What a wonderful thought about Him knowing our voice, as well. Thanks for always being here and for your kind words. Blessings to you and yours.

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