Sometimes people separate the God of the bible, that God of soooo long ago, from the God of the 21st century. But that very same Book, also referred to as the īBasic Instructions Before Leaving Earthī, states that He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He never changes. He is the one constant in the universe. As a matter of fact, it alone is the rule and guide that portrays the character, the nature and the heart of God. Though many contest and challenge this fact today, I am convinced that God would not leave us down here to fend for ourselves nor expect us to exist on this planet on a hit and miss basis, never knowing or determining His mind and will for our lives.
Most believers are comfortable with this statement, but can really get out of joint when told that He also speaks to us directly. I canīt imagine why. When the prophet Samuel was just a little boy, the Lord called him by name three times and Samuel replied, "Here am I" and the rest is history. God worked mightily through Samuel for the rest of his life because Samuel was willing to be one thing, Godīs servant.
My mother said that since the time I was just a little more than two years old, I could not pass by a church without insisting I needed to go inside because God was calling my name. She said I would lay down on the ground and kick up such a fuss that they had no choice but to let me go and stick my head through the doors. Just taking a peek seemed to satisfy me, I didnīt actually need to go all the way in.
The first time Moses heard the voice of God he was out in the desert, content to be minding the flocks, happy he wasnīt in jail for murder, until he came upon a burning bush. He decided to investigate why the bush was not being consumed when a voice from inside the bush called out his name, "Moses, Moses" and Moses responded, "Here am I". Chapter after chapter we see this very humble, elderly man, with a speech impediment yet, talking to God on a regular basis.
I grew up hoping that there was a God while society tried to convince me that He was a myth for the unsophisticated and uneducated.. And then one day, He spoke to me audibly and told me that I was going to have twin boys eighteen months before they were born. Throughout my pregnancy my doctor insisted that I was going to have only one child and that I was setting myself up for disappointment. My family and friends thought I must have hallucinated. God proved everyone wrong. My twin boys arrived according to His word
God spoke continuously to everyone, everywhere, all the time but my final example is a most unlikely candidate. He hated the Christian faith and persecuted Christians without mercy until suddenly on the road to Damascus a light from heaven shined around about him and he heard a voice saying, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?" He surrendered his life right there and then to Jesus Christ and went on to become the Apostle Paul who wrote most of the New Testament.
I almost dare not tell you that I ran smack into God one day on my bike. Iīll save that story for another time. It might just be too much for you to handle at one sitting but this all happen before I had ever read a page of the bible or heard any of these similar instances.
The Apostle John records, "The sheep hear His voice and He calleth His own sheep by name and leadeth them out. He goeth before them and the sheep follow Him, for they know His voice."
His sheep hear His voice. It is nothing unusual. It is the norm. Sometimes it is through the pages of scripture. Sometimes it is audible. Daily He speaks to our heart. Is your heart listening?
Jesus Himself confirms, "Behold, I stand at the door (of your heart) and knock, if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him and will fellowship with him." He desires a relationship with you. To have a relationship it is necessary to communicate. Imperative actually, but first, go answer the door!
Copyright Donna Martonfi www.psalm40ministries.com