God is an expert communicator and loves to speak to His beloved children. He speaks through many, many venues and is speaking more than any one of us is listening.
From the very first verses in Genesis to the closing words of Revelation, God's message was sure, clear and valuable.
"Let there be light" are God's first recorded words in Genesis 1:3. In case you have never noticed it, God created the sun, moon and stars on the fourth day of creation; however, it was on the first day that God declared, "Let there be light."
What was the "light" that God was announcing on the first day of creation? I believe that God was announcing His very presence as the Light of the world. It was the arrival of God in the creation story that brought an eternal light to our world.
The last recorded words of God in the Bible are these found in Revelation 22:20a, "Surely I am coming soon." The Holy Spirit is reminding us with these five simple words that He will indeed return for His church. The presence of God the Father, Jesus the Son and the powerful Holy Spirit is audible and visible throughout every sacred page of the Bible.
Is God still speaking? Or did He cease to communicate with the final words in the Book of Revelation? I firmly believe and without doubt acknowledge that if God has a certain characteristic, such as good communication, He maintains that characteristic eternally. God is a healer for eternity. Jesus is the Prince of Peace eternally. The Holy Spirit is powerful perpetually.
God has not stopped communicating with His children just because the written Word of God has been completed. He still desires to place His thoughts, His plans and His will within hearing distance of His children. As a mother, I understand this. I will take every opportunity possible to speak with my children. I love talking to them face-to-face, but I also enjoy spontaneous phone calls. I anticipate emails from one of my five dear children; text messages send my mother's heart soaring.
If I, as a human parent, enjoy the experience of communicating with my children, can you even imagine how God, the Father feels? He loves hearing our voices in prayer, in worship, in petition and in thanksgiving. And, He lives for the moments when He captures our attention enough in order to respond as a Father to our voices.
God can certainly speak through a sermon, through the pages of a book, through the lyrics of a song, through the prayers of a friend or even through modern media. God is able to speak through dreams, visions, prophetic words and through early-morning devotional times. God can speak to the innermost part of His children in a whisper that is undeniably His.
Are you listening? You serve the greatest communicator in all of eternity, and He longs to talk to you today.
Carol McLeod is an author and popular speaker at women's conferences and retreats, where she teaches the Word of God with great joy and enthusiasm. Carol encourages and empowers women with passionate and practical biblical messages mixed with her own special brand of hope and humor. She has written five books: No More Ordinary, Holy Estrogen!, The Rooms of a Woman's Heart and Defiant Joy! Her most recent book, Refined: Finding Joy in the Midst of the Fire, will be released on August 1. Her teaching DVD The Rooms of a Woman's Heart won the Telly Award, a prestigious industry award for excellence in religious programming.
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