Monday, January 14, 2008
Heard From God Lately?
Job's friend told him that, "God does speak; now one way, now another; though man may not perceive it." (Job 33:14, NIV)
This scripture both fasciniates and encourages me, for it shows how eager God is to speak to those of us who are more likely not to hear what He is saying. That doesn't stop Him. In fact, He speaks now one way, now another -- in whatever way necessary in order to reach my dull and indifferent heart. God knows me, and He knows my language. He also knows how to bypass all the barriers I have set up against His approaching love -- fool that I am.
God speak "now one way, now another." How delightful is God's diversity. His vocabulary is vast, His understanding is unsearchable, His love is unfailing, and His resolve to reach my heart with His Word is unrelenting. He will speak in whatever way suits His purpose to redeem my life.
In church; outside of church -- it matters not. God speaks through the Bible, through nature, through circumstances, through other people, through dreams and visions, and even sometimes by supernatural means.
Charles Spurgeon wrote, "In the field we have a study hung round with texts for thought. From the cedar to the hyssop, from the soaring eagle down to the chirping grasshopper, from the blue expanse of heaven to a drop of dew, all things are full of teaching, and when the eye is divinely opened, that teaching flashes upon the mind far more vividly than from written books. Our little rooms are neither so healthy, so suggestive, so agreeable, or so inspiring as the fields. Let us count nothing common or unclean, but feel that all created things point to their Maker, and the field will at once be hallowed."
Notice, finally, that the verse adds this hopeful phrase, "though man may not perceive Him." It does not say that man cannot perceive Him; rather, its says he may not. That means, on the other hand, that he also may perceive what God is saying and doing. And therein is hope for each one of us. It is possible that I may indeed hear God's voice today!
How about you? Heard from God lately?