Summary: The different wasys we can hear God speak to us
Hearing from God
So here we are back together again – as we continue through the book “The Life you’ve always wanted”. When Graham announced his intention to study this book I was somewhat pleased as before starting at Spurgeons we had been leading a homegroup where we studied this book as a group. The book has its own strengths and weaknesses but as a group we benefited greatly from it – and it led to us growing deeper as a group as we shared and spoke more openly about our spiritual lives together.
However as I re-read the chapters of the book – I felt an urge to change the title from the Life you’ve always wanted” To The Life you’ve always needed.”
For example with chapters on servanthood, being spiritually disciplined, and confessing sin – none of these things are things I naturally want to do. But having a servant heart, cultivating spiritual disciplines and confesing my sin to God aer all things I need to do. Who was here last Sunday and heard Peter’s sermon on confessing sins. Are these things we want to do – no – loet me hide them – I don’t want my fellow workers to see my sin, I don’t want my fellow Christians to see it, nor my wife or family not even my dog or cat, and often we hide these things from God. But if we are going to live the kind of life tthat we need if we are going to have a daily walk with Jesus these are things that we need to do. For God wants to change and transform us into his likeness. Have you confessed your sins to Jesus to this week or aer they building up.
This week we will be looking at the subject of listening to God. When I was a teenager and before I became a Christian my parents lived in the country-side and to reach the local town I had to cycle a couple of miles through a thick dark forest. I always seemed to have problems with my bike lights and on more than one occasion I can remember as they stopped working in the darkest part of the forest saying God – if you fix this bike light now I will believe in you – I listened and nothing happened – ultimately God had other ways of reaching and speaking to me than through my bikelights. But it raises the question Does God still speak and if so how.
The Bible makes it very clear that we have a speaking/acting God. The picture of God tucked in the corner of the universe holds no place in the Word of God.
So to show the breadth of the ways God has spoken to people through the Bible I want to take a whistle stop tour through some different passages of Scripture. Are you ready?
At the very start of the Bible In Genesis we see whatever God spoke happened. God said “Let there be light” and there was light. When God spoke – creation sprung into being.Whatever God commanded happened. His voice brought life and goodness into the world.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.
3 There is no speech or language
where their voice is not heard. [a]
4 Their voice [b] goes out into all the earth,