Friday, January 22, 2010

Of all gods, which one still speaks?

The Haiti earthquake. The Sir Lanka tsunami. The Florida hurricanes of '04. The Twin Towers bombing.

Disasters make us look up. Suddenly the God we ignore daily is accused, blamed and cursed. Cold, hard hearts become even more embittered at the idea of a loving God watching over us.

It's a gross misunderstanding of who He is, His plan and purpose for the universe. But there is no reason to be "in the dark."

There are 150 chapters in the Bible about the return of Jesus and the End of the Age. That's more than the entire New Testament. In Matthew 24, Jesus tells us the beginning of "birth pangs" is earthquakes, wars, rumors of wars, famine. . .

In John chapters 15, 16, 17 Jesus exhorts us about the love of the Father and to be aware and alert. He tells us what's going to happen THEN gives us the Spirit, "the Comforter" who will do what. . .

"Disclose to us ALL things."

Christian theologians paint God as silent far too often. Folks I'd consider mature believers tell me, "God doesn't speak to me."

But John 10 is clear, "My sheep hear My voice."

Let's put it into the practical. If there was a disaster in your home, and your child ran into you with wide, scared eyes, "Daddy, what happened?" You'd tell them! Maybe not every detail, but you'd say, "Baby, we had a storm and the electricity went out. But the electric company will fix it. Let's light candles."

Now she's comforted. She understands. She can boldly face the trial because she had a glimpse of what is to come.

Why would God not speak in the same manner to His Bride? He died for us! We disqualify the Cross if we say He won't speak to us, comfort us. We are Kings and Priest before Him. I don't get the thinking that "we can't know what God is up to."

I'm a Word person. I love the Word. All hearing begins in and with the Word. Don't go around speaking for God then claim you struggle in prayer and the Word. I've honed my own ear to Him by reading, praying and singing scripture.

Even more, the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead lives in me. Romans 8:11. We can and must hear God. Yes, He is Holy, high above me, His ways are not mine, YET, He chooses me as His partner, to live in me. This is the mystery of the ages. Col 1:27. It's a divine paradox.

Our God lives and speaks. Muhammad is dead and doesn't speak. Buddah is dead and doesn't speak. Jesus is alive and speaks. His Word is living and active, sharper than a two edge sword. Heb 4:12

God speaks. If you're not hearing, ask Him to teach you. What is God saying to you?


Sharon Hayes said...

Another great blog Rachel, good devotional.
Love you

Jodie said...

Great post, Rachel! I like that perspective...

Victor Travison said...

Rachel, this is my first comment to you since you accepted my offer of friendship on Facebook. I love your article, and I wanted to point out that people who ignore God, then blame Him when some disaster happens, is precisely what kept happening in the Revelation prophecy.

Dave Kissling
a.k.a. Victor Travison (my pen name)

FYI, the one religious leader's name is spelled Buddha. Just thought you'd want to know. Congrats again on the great article.

~ VT

PatriciaW said...

I love this post.

Kathleen L. Maher said...

Well-thought-out presentation of the everlasting truth. I am heartened that God is raising up clear voices to convey His message. May the Lord bless you and increase your influence.