Our world is filled with distracting noises, so much so that we often miss hearing God’s voice. Isaiah 30:15 says: “In quietness and confidence is your strength.” We do well to find quiet places.
Eternal Perspective by Sally Bair
One night while camping in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), the air was so warm, we slept outside our tents. The skies treated us to a special sight of stars—big and small—from one end to the other. Dozens of stars burst through the darkness, shooting across the sky like bullets.
The experience reminded me of a Bible verse. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1)
God declares—makes known—His glory through His creation. He spoke to Moses in a burning bush. He got Saul’s attention through a blinding light while he walked the Damascus road. He spoke to Bethlehem shepherds through angels. The Bible is filled with other unexplainable, visual ways God spoke to His people.
Even today He speaks to many of us in such supernatural ways as visions and dreams. Reports say that nonbelievers who have never heard the name of Jesus, have seen and heard God in a dream. How many have experienced strange “coincidences” that likely were God’s way of speaking to them? And wherever we turn, we hear of people who have been supernaturally healed.
When God wants our attention, He even uses our circumstances or the words of authority figures such as pastors, parents, or bosses to tell us what we don’t, but know we should, want to do. Such “unspiritual” ways may seem that God isn’t speaking. But God uses whomever He needs to turn us toward Him.
The most common way God speaks to us is through His Word. A person told me once that since she had read the Bible through one time, she quit reading. However, life changes and so do the messages we receive when we reread the Word of God. Daily we need to learn fresh words from His Word that will inspire, encourage, and strengthen us for a new task. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Has God spoken to you lately? In what way? How have you responded?
Lord, thank You for speaking to us in ways that draw our attention to You. Open our ears to hear what You want us to hear. Use whatever means You want, whether through creation’s wonders, dreams or visions, the advice of others, or everyday circumstances. We want to hear Your voice. In Jesus’ name, amen.