“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
And God said…”
How cool is that? The very first “action” we see God perform is to speak.
And speak He did: He spoke light into existence.
LIGHT! I don’t know about you, but I want to be able to hear a God who can speak light into existence. Can you imagine the insight we can absorb from a Light-Speaking Creator?
And He doesn’t stop there. From the very first verse to the very last verse, God’s voice echoes through Scripture. He is whispering, shouting, wooing, leading. Verse after verse. Chapter after chapter.
In the Old Testament
He walked with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day (Genesis chapters 2 and 3)
He spoke through an angel to Hagar (Genesis 6:13-21)
He appeared to Abraham as three men (Genesis 18:1-15)
He appeared to Jacob in a dream (Genesis 28:13-15, 31:3)
He appeared in flames to Moses (Exodus 3:1-22)
He spoke to Balaam through a donkey (Numbers 22:12-35)
(I just have to interject here…that donkey story is hilarious! If you do nothing else today, please look up that story and read it. It is so stinking funny. And in the book of Numbers, no less. Who knew?)
He spoke to Samuel in an audible voice (I Samuel 3:10-14)
He answered Job out of the storm (Job 38:1-41)
He spoke to Elijah in a whisper (I Kings 19:11-18)
He spoke to Isaiah in a vision (Isaiah 6:1-13)
And in hundreds of other places in the Old Testament, it simply says, “God said.”
In the New Testament
He spoke to Joseph through an angel in a dream (Matthew 1:20-23)
He spoke to Mary through an angel in her house (Luke 1:28-38)
He spoke to Saul in an audible voice through a bright light (Acts 9:1-9)
He spoke to Cornelius in a vision (Acts 10:1-7)
He spoke to Peter while in a trance (Acts 10:9-16)
He spoke to Agabus through the Spirit (Acts 11:27-30; 21:10-14)
And of course, most profoundly: live and in person through Jesus Christ, God in the flesh
And that’s only a handful of examples. There are hundreds of “God saids” in the Bible. Now, why is it that we doubt God’s ability or desire to speak today? Might I suggest that He is still the same God? That He is still speaking? Still whispering, shouting, wooing and leading?
The God who spoke into the darkness and created light wants to speak into your darkness, too.
He’s still creating light.