God Is Speaking
Day: 33 | Plan: Suffering and Sovereignty
Today’s Reading: Job 33
Job 33:12-14 (NIV) “But I tell you, in this you are not right, for God is greater than any mortal. Why do you complain to him that he responds to no one’s words? For God does speak—now one way, now another—though no one perceives it."
Have you ever gone to God with hard questions and walked away feeling like you didn't get a clear answer? Have you ever spilled out what seemed like a thousand words in your prayer time and wondered why you didn't receive one word back from God?
We read stories in the Bible about God speaking to certain men and women. But does God still speak today? That subject comes in our reading today, so let's see what Elihu and Job had to say about it.
Elihu had quietly observed Job for a long time – watching him make repeated claims of innocence as he spoke of unfair treatment from God and expressed deep longings for God to answer him.
Elihu asked why Job was complaining about God and claiming that God responded to no one's words. From Elihu's perspective, God was speaking – through dreams, visions and suffering circumstances – to warn people, turn them from wrongdoing, to keep them from being prideful and to preserve their lives from the pit and from perishing. (Job 33:15-20) The problem was that no one discerned it. (Job 33:14)
He also offered the idea that God may get a person's attention through suffering and then send a messenger or angel to intervene – extending grace, telling them how to live right and even coming up with a ransom for their deliverance.
It's true that God spoke and revealed His plans to people in the Old and New Testament through dreams and visions, but that was not a common occurrence. (Genesis 37:5-10; 1 Kings 3:5-15; Daniel 2; Daniel 7; Matthew 2:12-22; Matthew 27:19)
Scripture tells us that in the last days God will pour out His Spirit on all people; “young men will see visions and old men will dream dreams” (Joel 2:28; Acts 2:17). This is wonderful news!
Yesterday’s teaching reminded us that God speaks through His people and personally teaches believers by His Spirit. (1 Corinthians 2:13-15)
Today, I'd like to share two additional ways God speaks to His people:
1. God speaks through His Son, Jesus Christ.
“In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word” (Hebrews 1:1-3a).
2. God speaks through His Written Word
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
God's Word was audibly spoken through Jesus – the Living Word (John 1:14) and is always speaking to us through the written Word that is alive and active. (Hebrews 4:12) Every time we pick up our Bibles and read Scripture, God is making known to us His absolute truth. He's personally revealing Himself and His deepest thoughts to us through His Spirit.
God is sharing with you and me the full revelation of His redeeming love through Jesus. His Word comforts, strengthens, frees, guides, revives and heals us. God continuously reminds us through His Word of His unfailing grace and mercy. His wonderful works and ways of rescue. His resurrection power and promised restoration. His eternal kingdom and glorious beauty.
If you find yourself doubting that God is speaking personally to you, especially in times of suffering and hardships, be reminded of these truths. God is speaking, friend, and He will continue to speak to you – whether it's through others, through His Spirit because of your relationship with Jesus or through His written Word.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I love Your Word. It is breath and life to me. Because of my sins, You could have kept Your holy Word from me and chosen not to speak to me. But, because of Your extravagant love, grace and mercy, You chose to wrap Your Word in flesh and bone, allowing Jesus, the Living Word, to dwell among us and make Your home in my heart through Your Spirit. I am so unworthy and yet so grateful for all that You've done and continue to do for me. In Jesus' name, amen.
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