Is God Talking to Me?

“You talk to God, you’re religious.  God talks to you, you’re psychotic.”

Leave it to the cynic.

Any valid communication demands speaking and being spoken to.  That’s dialogue.  Relationship demands dialogue.

God wants a relationship with us as His creation and He has made considerable effort to make that possible (see John 3:16).  So, yes, God is talking to us (and wants us to talk to Him – that’s prayer, and a subject for another time).

Yes, But How So?

The question is, how does He do that?  How does God talk to me?  Well, don’t be listening for a voice inside your head – that is psychotic.

Here is how the Bible says it happens: “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son” (Hebrews 1:1-2).

God used a variety of means to communicate with man in the past.  We know about these from the Bible.  They included things like angelic messengers, visions and dreams, using chosen men (prophets) to deliver His message, and so on.  One time, He even used an animal to speak to a man (that was Balaam’s donkey).  Does that mean we should expect the same kinds of things today?  No, it does not.

Remember, the Bible actually says that a change has taken place.  At one time God used these various means, but He now speaks to us through His Son.

Speaking Through Jesus

Ok, but how does that work?  In what way does He speak to us by His Son?  Should I expect to hear a voice?  Should I anticipate having a vision or a dream?  Will I somehow “see” Jesus and He will speak to me?  Or, am I going to somehow “just know” what God’ wants me to know?

It’s very important to remember that this is not a question of what God could do.  He can do anything (as long as it is consistent with His nature – so, for instance, God cannot be tempted with evil and He tempts no one; see James 1:13).  We have to pay close attention to what God says He does.  If not, we may miss what He is saying to us.  What if I told you I was going to mail you a letter?  Good, old-school US Postal mail.  But you kept checking your e-mail?  Looking for a text or a tweet?  And never looked in your postal service mailbox?  You would miss my message.  In the same way we have to be looking for God’s message where He told us He is communicating.

Where Can I Hear Jesus?

So, if God is speaking to us “by His Son,” we need to pay particular attention to Jesus.   So, how do we know about Jesus?  Of course, the Bible is our source of information about Jesus.  Specifically, we might think about the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  That would be most appropriate.  We need to know all we can about Him.  We need to know what He said and did.  That’s exactly what the Gospels are all about.  For instance, Luke is referenced in the opening of the book Acts (the same man wrote both) by saying it “dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach” (Acts 1:1).

In John’s gospel, he tells us that there were many other things that Jesus did that aren’t recorded “in this book” (John 20:30), but, as He goes on to say, the things that are recorded are so that we can believe and in believing have life in His name (John 20:31).

If we’re going to hear God speaking, we better tune in to Jesus and to do that we better be spending time in the place where we can learn most about Him and from Him – and that’s the Gospels.

And Then…?

“But wait,” you may say, “isn’t that just four books out of the entire Bible?”

Yes, that’s true, and we’re not going to leave the others out by any means.  But, we do need to know exactly where to start.   You might think of it as a target with a bull’s eye.  Jesus is the bull’s eye.  Moving out from there are the rings that expand further and further outward.  Immediately surrounding our bull’s eye are the gospels.  From there we expand, eventually to incorporate the entire Bible. (Be sure to check the following posts!)

God is speaking and He’s speaking “by His Son.”

Let’s be sure we’re listening!

God bless,

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