Our God SpeaksSeptember 27, 2014 Christian Living
"For God does speak—now one way, now another—though no one perceives it." Job 33:14
Sometimes God can feel distant, unreachable, silent—leaving us bereft, parched, disconnected. We might be tempted to give in to despair when we feel adrift, apart, alone further alienating us from our God who is there; who speaks—even when it is a struggle to hear Him.
God has provided us with a living active verbal revelation in the inspired God-breathed Word of the Bible granting us access to a deeper understanding of who He is (2 Timothy 3:16).
"When we read the Scriptures we are not just reading a record of what God has said in the past. God actively speaks to us in the here and now through the words of this amazing book...This word is personal. You and I hear the voice of God speaking to us—unmistakably, authoritatively, and personally—when we read, hear, study, and meditate on the Scriptures." —Nancie Guthrie
Through scripture God speaks and reveals Himself to us. All of created nature spoken into existence testifies to His name (Romans 1:20). God sent His own son Jesus Christ that we may glean a better understanding of who He is as His attributes are revealed and His characteristics highlighted in the Gospels (Hebrews 1:2). He speaks through the indwelling Holy Spirit who guides, intercedes, convicts, comforts, teaches, and helps (John 14:26).
Pray for a longing for God; to love Him more. Open the Bible and dig deeper. Spend time with God with renewed focus. Our faith walk is often a series of mountains, valleys, dry deserts and over flowing rivers through which God is ever present. Seek Him desperately.
The following interview by D.A. Carson explores our goal in reading the Bible: