5th November 2012

God Speaks To Us

“You go near and hear all that the LORD our God may say, and tell us all that the LORD our God says to you, and we will hear and do it.”
Deuteronomy 5:27 (NKJV)

The Israelites wanted Moses to be an intermediary and convey Gods words to them – they didn’t want God to speak to them directly. And that’s typical of mankind in general, of all those who worship God. That outlook may have been according to God’s will for Israel, but is that what he wants for Christians?

Few Christians have major issues in speaking to God and making requests in prayer, but how does he speak to us? Not through Moses, although for many of us, God speaks through the written Word, the Bible, where Moses’ words are recorded. We are to read scripture and heed what it says. Doesn’t the vehemence with which some defend particular translations of the Bible testify to that fact?

The problem isn’t with the Bible, but in not wanting God to be involved in our lives. Without that involvement we will always fail to live up to the instructions of Christ. Yet Jesus told his disciples that he wouldn’t leave them orphans – he would come to them, to guide and help them through the Holy Spirit. (John chapters 14 and 15.)

That’s what Christ offers us, but often we’d much rather do it on our own – except perhaps when we face a major problem and want specific help. We are free to do that if we wish, but in so doing we deny ourselves the blessings that come through Christ’s involvement in our lives.

Prayer
Dear Lord, please help me to see any ways in which I resist your involvement in my life and how I miss out because of it.
Amen

Study by Melvin Hall 

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