God never speaks to me!
Some years ago I heard about a woman who told her friend: “God never speaks to me!” As the conversation progressed, the friend discovered that this lady seldom read the Bible and seldom prayed …
This lady indeed professed to be a Christian but had never learnt to speak to God in regular prayer, nor had she realized the joy and encouragement of communion with the Saviour through the reading of His precious Word. How sad is that?
God’s Word is alive. God speaks to us through His Word if we will only but listen!
Paul, in his second letter to Timothy, tells us that “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work” (3:16-17)
The writer to the Hebrews tells us that “… the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires” (Hebrews 4:12)
The psalmist also reminds us that God’s Word is “… is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path” (Ps 119:105). In verse 130 of the same Psalm, it is encouraging to note that the teaching in God’s Word is so plain, it is possible for everyone to understand: “The teaching of your word gives light, so even the simple can understand”.
We need to read God’s Word for in so-doing we can hear Him speak to us. We need to read His Word prayerfully. His Word guides our steps, helps us become more like Jesus and helps us overcome evil. His Word helps us pray according to God’s will.
If you have never heard God speak to you through His Word, make sure you get to know Him as your Saviour in the first instance.
Whether a new Christian or someone who has known the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour for many years, take time daily to read His Word – God’s blueprint and map for our lives.
Read the Bible, God’s infallible Word, prayerfully. Read it expectantly.
You will not be disappointed.