Updated: Feb 8, 2021
Normalize the Spiritual: God Still Speaks
The nature of the God of the Bible is to reveal Himself to us. From the very beginning, God has been speaking to His creation. God is clear: He wants us to know Him and know His voice.
But do we believe He we actually speak directly to us? Does He reveal Himself that way anymore - or was that just for the people in “Bible Times”? Are you capable of hearing God’s voice?
The answer is an emphatic YES! God’s nature hasn’t changed. He wouldn’t all the sudden ice out His children by giving them the silent treatment. The canon of the Bible may be closed, but God’s mouth is not!
John 10:27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
John 16:13 When the Spirit of Truth comes, He will guide you into all truth.
The problem isn’t that God isn’t speaking; it’s that we aren’t expecting to hear Him or even listening for His voice. With all the noise, and all the voices speaking into your life, can we discern the tone of God’s voice?
In a culture of 30 second video clips and flash-in-the-pan social media messages (like this one) - God seems to work more through the deeply cultivated soil of intimate time with Him in scripture and prayer.
We normalize the spiritual by wrangling the natural (aka spiritual disciplines). We’re a boundary-less people that let the voice of the world trample us with messages everyday. And when we’re empty and void of God’s voice and guidance, we wonder why.
Want to hear God? Get intentionally quiet before Him. Want to hear God? Immerse yourself in a few verses a day, with a goal to seek His character more than seeking an answer for your circumstance. Want to hear God? Kill the media and meditate on His goodness.
Part of normalizing the spiritual is our intentionality in making room for it and being willing to wait on it.
How does God speak to you?