“Cain, what have you done?”
“Noah, come thou and all your house into the Ark.”
“Hagar, from where did you come? and where will you go?”
“Abimalech, you are but a dead man, for the woman which you have taken is a man’s wife.”
“David, you are the man.”
“Fear not, Mary, for you have found favor with God.”
Promises, reprimands, warnings, and encouragement. The Bible records countless stories of people hearing God's voice and they heard it in many different ways. God spoke directly and audibly to Cain and to Noah. To Cain, God demanded a reckoning. To Noah, He offered a long-awaited invitation. The Angel of the LORD found Hagar in the wilderness and asked questions of her, then gave her strict instructions. Abimalech received his warning message through a dream in which God visited him. David’s rebuke came through the mouth of the prophet Nathan, first in the form of a parable, then in truthful accusation. An angel visited Mary with a very special announcement from the LORD: she would give birth to the Messiah.
Some of these people were not seeking God when they heard His voice. Abimalech was a heathen king; Hagar, an Egyptian maidservant; Cain, a murderous rebel. Yet God cared enough for each of them to be personally involved in their lives. He does that for believers, too! We, like David, may need a rebuke. Like Mary, we may need clear direction as to what it is God wants us to do for Him. Or we may need to be reminded of God’s words to Joshua: “I will never fail you, nor forsake you (Josh. 1:5).”
What questions would we be asked if we could hear God speaking ? What would He be saying to us? Reading His Word is one of the most important ways God speaks to us, but are we overlooking nuggets of truth buried in hundreds of pages? Are we gleaning the best of God’s Word or getting confused in today’s multi-page menu of Bible choices?
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