Has God ever spoken to you before? IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE THAT’S POSSIBLE please continue reading… This comes with a money back guarantee!!
Do most Christians believe that God has “spoken” to them? Many people that I know certainly do. They may not have heard God’s “voice”, but believe God spoke directly to them through a song, a verse in the Bible or through someone they crossed paths with. Weather you believe God speaks to us or not, there are two questions I would like to explore:
- Given the type of relationship we know God desires to have with us, why would he not want to communicate with us?
- If God has ever “spoken” to you before, why was it only that time or only a few times, and is He really trying to have a conversation with me?
When I think back over the 40+ years of my life it’s astounding to contemplate all the diverse ways I have addressed God, and there is one thing that all of them have in common. Every name I have ever addressed God by was a byproduct of where my relationship was with God. When I knew Him as Savior that is what I called Him. When I needed Him to be my healer I called out to “my Healer”, by His stripes we were (past tense, already done) healed (Isaiah 53:5, 1 Peter 2:24). There was a time I was fully focused on serving Him and I called Him Lord. In fact, the Bible has a VERY extensive list of ways that people have addressed God over time. There is a substantial group in Christianity that simply believes God is a judge in the sky and that is all that matters. Jesus told us:
“From Now On I call you not servants; For the servant knoweth not what his lord does; but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my father I have made known unto you”. John 15:15
That is a very profound statement by Jesus. He spoke to the nature of our relationship, but even more He tells us “all things” that the Father has told Him. Paul made this statement: Romans 8:16-17a
16 The Spirit itself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-hears with Christ.
Paul takes it one step further by declaring that we have been adopted into God’s family, and now we are an heir to all that God has. Jesus calls us His friend, and lets us know that He tells us everything the Father says. Paul tells us that we have been adopted into God’s family, so we are an heir to His Kingdom. Given just those two dynamic relationships I propose that it is not only logical that God would want to talk to us, but it would be impossible to have either type of relationship with God and not communicate. The question is, “given the type of relationship we know God desires to have with us, why would He not want to communicate with us?” The answer is He would absolutely need to communicate with us to facilitate the level of relationship that He desires to have with us.
Stay posted… I will address question number 2 with my next post.