Summary: Despite the fact that mankind continually rebels against God, He consistently displays His love and desire for personal relationship by speaking.
1. The first truth about the way God speaks concerns the man God speaks through
2. The second truth about the way God speaks concerns the days God speaks in
3. The third truth about the way God speaks concerns the Word God speaks
There was a middle aged woman who had a heart attack and went to the hospital. They had to do surgery and while she was on the operating table, she had one of those near-death experiences. She saw a long tunnel with a bright light at the end of it. The light spoke and she realized it was God. When she realized it was Him, she asked Him if her time was up. God spoke to her and told her, “No. You have another 43 years, 2 months and 8 days to live.” The next thing she knew, she woke up in the recovery room. Knowing that she had that much longer to live, and wanting to make the best of it, when she recovered, she went to see a plastic surgeon about some cosmetic surgery. She got a nose-job, a face-lift, liposuction and a tummy tuck. She had the doctors unsag all the sagging places and tighten up all the loose places. When she recovered from all that, she went to the cosmetologist. She got her hair dyed, her new face painted, her new body tanned, and her nails done. After everything was coated, painted and dried, she left the shop. After she walked out of the door, she started to cross the street and got run over by a bus and killed. When she got to heaven, she questioned God. “I thought you said I had another 43 years left?” God squinted up His eyes and said, “Oh, that was you—I didn’t recognize you!” The moral of the story is, watch out if you think you’re getting a private word from God. It might change your life, but you’ll probably get run over by a bus anyway. People are hungering to hear a private word from God, aren’t they? Just turn on so-called Christian TV sometime. Most of the folks on there are talking about some private revelation they got from God. And they say you can get one too if you send your money to them. Look at all the shows on TV that deal with psychics and mediums. If you want to sell a book, say that your writing about some secret message you have from God. It’s a shame that even happens in Christian bookstores. Two of the biggest sellers in Christian bookstores over the past several months were written by people who claimed to have gotten extra-biblical personal revelation. One guy took a trip to heaven and came back to write about it. And another guy took a trip to hell and came back to write about it. And they sold like wildfire. Because people are looking to hear a word from God. The problem is, they’re looking in the wrong places. They’re looking for something new and novel. Some hidden secret or code. But that’s not how God works. The fact is that God speaks. And when He speaks, it’s not a mystery. It’s not a private thing. It’s not a secret or code you have to figure out. And it’s certainly not something you have to pay money for. Despite the fact that mankind continually rebels against God… He consistently displays His love and desire for personal relationship by speaking. The two verses we’re looking at tonight serve as the introduction to God speaking through His prophet Amos. It is an example to us of how God unambiguously speaks to get His message of grace and judgment of righteousness across to His people. I want each of us here tonight to see that God is still speaking that message today. And when we hear Him speak, I want each of us to avoid His judgment by responding to His message of grace and clothing ourselves in the righteousness of His Son Jesus Christ. In order to do that, we’re going to look at three consistent truths about the way God speaks. The first truth concerns the man God speaks through. Look at the first part of verse 1.