God Speaks in
Many Times and Ways
God, who at
various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the
prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son. (Hebrews 1:1-2a)
Our generation is preoccupied with methods. When we find a program that
works in one business, we immediately want to package and distribute it so that
it will work for others. This attitude carries over into the spiritual life as
well. We spend much energy looking for spiritual disciplines, books, seminars,
or conferences that "work" in order to feel satisfied with our Christian life.
God does not want us to trust in methods. He wants us to trust in Him.
Trusting in methods rather than in a Person seriously limits the way we
experience God. When we expect Him to speak to us only in predictable ways, we
forget that God is much more complex than our perception of Him. In times past,
God spoke in dreams and visions. He used nature; miraculous signs; prophets; a
still, small voice; fire; trumpets; fleece; the casting of lots; and angels. He
spoke in the middle of the night, during worship services, at mealtimes, during
funerals, while people were walking along the road, through sermons, in the
middle of a storm, and through His Son.
The important thing was not how God communicated, but that He spoke. If
God always spoke to us through dreams, we would remain in our beds awaiting a
divine revelation! The means God uses to communicate with us is irrelevant; the
fact that He is communicating is what is critical.
Don't limit yourself to a method, expecting only to hear from your
Father in predictable ways. Rather, open yourself up to other means by which
God wants to commune with you. Allow the Holy Spirit to sensitize you to God's
message at all times, in every location, under any circumstance. Then you will
experience God in entirely new dimensions as you are receptive to His voice.