Wednesday, November 26, 2014

November 16 – The oldest + wisest words ever spoken

Long ago God spoke to the fathers by the prophets at different times and in different ways.  In these last days, He has spoken to us by His Son. God has appointed Him heir of all things and made the universe through Him. (Hebrews 1:1-2 HCSB)

God is speaking to us now through the words of the Lord Jesus, His teachings, examples and life.  He continues speaking to us through the guidance of the Holy Spirit to everyone who is willing to quiet their fleshly thoughts and hear Him.  Everything that the Spirit says is what Jesus says to us, and all that Jesus says is according to the will of the Father.  (John 5, 8 and 12 all talk about this.) 

People ask why God no longer gives dreams or sends angels to audibly speak to us as He did in the past, and these verses explain that.  Now that Jesus has already come to dwell on the earth and returned to heaven, we have His written word, His Holy Spirit and His authority to have understanding, wisdom and power to overcome.  Abraham, Moses and Joshua among many others, had no Bible to read for guidance.  God had to speak directly to them, or send angels to communicate His will.  Often they had to go for years with no word at all from God, just trusting in the few revelations that they heard, and the stories of how God had blessed others before them.  We, on the other hand, are far more blessed to have God’s word written in almost every language on the globe, to have Bible apps on our phones and as many copies of as many versions and translations as we can afford on our bookshelves. 

The question we need to ask ourselves is, do we value those words as deeply as the men and women of God in the past, who only had rare encounters with God?  They didn’t know who Jesus was or about the power He would bring to this world, but whatever God said, they treated as gold. 

Psalm 19:10 says that God’s words are more desirable than fine gold.  The promise in this passage, is that Jesus is speaking to us right now, Jesus who made the universe together with God the Father and the God the Holy Spirit.  The one who laid the foundations of the earth, who commanded the fish of the sea and the birds of the air to come into existence, who knows everything to the tiniest detail of our life on this small planet, is talking to us now in our mundane ordinary lives.  He knows, He cares and He has all the power to set us free and lead us on the right path.

If you read the Bible but doubt its words for your own life, or keep trying to find a spiritual guru to foretell your future, you are treating fine gold as trash.  The words of God are to be revered and lived by, no matter how difficult it may seem to believe in them.  Acting on them with the confidence that they are true, is what faith is and is the only way to please God.  Throw away your horoscopes and pop-psychology books and start to value the oldest, wisest and most powerful words that have always been there for you.

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