I’m taking a blogging break this week so I can prepare my heart for the writer’s conference. Please keep me in your prayers as I meet with publishers to discuss Taken By Storm: Hearing God Speak in the Midst of Chaos.
For your reading pleasure, I’m running some favorite posts of mine from the days when my blog had like 10 hits a day. Chances are really good you’ve never seen them. Enjoy!!
“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.
I don’t know about you, but I want to be able to hear a God who can speak light into existence. I can’t even wrap my mind around that. So while I leave half my brain here to ponder this, check out some of the different ways God communicated with people in the Bible:
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! 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
Now, why is it that some of us think God doesn’t speak to us? I seriously only put a handful of examples here. There are literally hundreds and hundred of “God said’s” in the Bible.
Your assignment this weekend is to get out your Bible and look up all these examples and read them. Ask God to help you comprehend His desire to communicate with His people. Ask Him to help you to hear all the different ways He is speaking to you.
Do you believe God speaks today? Share a time when He did!
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