“In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe.” (Hebrews 1:1-2)
Recently we were studying the Bible together and the question came up, “Does God still speak to us as He did in Old Testament times, through prophets?”
We had some lively discussion about not hearing the audible voice that many did from the prophets in the Bible. Prophecy, when it is used in churches these days, is different and maybe not so common, certainly in the churches I’ve been.
I don’t believe there is any doubt that God still speaks to us today, but I know He speaks to me through different means than He may speak to others.
It caused me to wonder if God speaks to us in ways that are appropriate for each of us–like the theory of “Love Languages” that people respond to differently–does God use ways that we individually respond better to, when He wants our attention? Where music is a means of God’s message reaching some, others would not respond to it so readily.
I’ve often wondered when I hear people say that God is not speaking to them, is it because they are looking for a loud audible voice and God may be using only a whisper, or prompting and they overlook it, looking for something more obvious? Maybe, it would be harder for us to ignore the booming voice of a prophet like Ezekiel, or the words appearing written on a wall in front of us, as in Daniel’s time. Or maybe we would still find ways to ignore even that which seems so much more obvious.
There are times when I feel God speaks often to me and others when it appears He does not. During the times when He seems to speak often, I wonder why it is not always like that. Do we not hear God because we are just not listening anymore, or does it happen when we have let the “noise” of our pain and illness, crowd out everything else?
Prayer: Father, I pray you would help me hear You in whatever way You speak and let the distraction of my pain not keep Your message from me. Amen.
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful for the difference God makes in her life, and the lessons He is teaching her, as she lives with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to travel when she is able. You can contact her in the Sunroom.
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Are there times when you feel so distracted by pain or illness, that you wonder is God still speaking to you? What do you do at those times?