“The holy and most glorious God invites us to come to Him, to converse with Him, to ask from Him such things as we need, and to experience what a blessing there is in fellowship with Him.” -Andrew Murray
Conversations with my kids. One of the highlights of every day. Sometimes it is “guy talk” with Zach over dinner, in the gym, or on the way to school. He rarely gets out of the vehicle without a quick prayer spoken over him, followed by a “love you dad” thrown over his shoulder.
Megan and I talk and text every day. Granted, it is often a short phone conversation as she is studying for a college exam, or working on a class project. Usually she calls just to hear me tell her I love her. But even those few minutes are sweet precious moments of joy poured directly into my heart.
I simply cannot imagine going days or weeks without connecting with my children.
God desires no less with His children, which we are — “But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.”John 1:12 ESV
What’s interesting is that in the English Standard Version of the Bible, the phrase,“The Lord said” is used nearly 300 times. Add to that the similar wording, “The Lord spoke” and the number goes to almost 500.
I believe God wants us to know Him and to be in touch with His ways. Personally. Intimately.
Of course He speaks to us first and foremost through His Word. The Bible is the eternal, unchanging love letter given to us by our Heavenly Father “All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness…” 2 Timothy 3:16 ESV
The Hebrew writer declared “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two—edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 ESV
It is interesting that God didn’t just speak to “special people”. He even spoke to everyday broken people like Hagar (Genesis 16) and Ananias (Acts 9).
In Jonah 2:10, God even spoke to a fish!!
Consider the following verses:
“Morning by morning He awakens; He awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught.” Isaiah 50:4 ESV
Today, if you hear His voice…” Psalm 95:7 ESV
“I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me…and they will listen to my voice.” John 10:14-16 ESV
God is speaking. Can you hear Him? Maybe His voice is drowned out by the noise of what really doesn’t matter. Are we so busy asking for our “needs” that we fail to hear “I love you” spoken by God?
God connects with us through His Holy Spirit. Romans 8:16 ESV reminds us that “The spirit Himself bears witness with our spirits that we are children of God…”
Jesus reassured us that the Holy Spirit would come to be our “helper” and to “teach us all things.” John 14:26 ESV
He often also pours into us through other Christians — “that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel for which I am an ambassador…” Ephesians 6:19-20 ESV
Get someplace alone and quiet with God. Meditate on His Word and pray. Let Him speak to your heart. Come to Him with a spirit of expectation. Let Him fill you with His grace and truth.
Listen to the Spirit call. Surround yourself with others who are apt to teach you the Holy Scriptures and the things of God.
It will turn your life around.