Do you talk with God? If you don’t that question may seem strange to you. Or perhaps you talk at God with no real sense that he hears or will respond. It’s easy to think, since we can’t see or touch God, that He isn’t a real person, rather some unknown and unknowable distant entity. Even believers sometimes struggle to connect with God. Yet God does speak, and we have evidence of this through His Word, the Bible.
God inspired men to write down His words in the Scriptures, and the Bible tells us “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV) The Bible can be considered an “owner’s manual” for Godly living.
So we know God has spoken, but does He still speak? Yes He does. We know this because of the marvelous conversations the Bible records between God and several people, such as Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and the Prophets, which show that in times past He did speak. And we can be assured that he continues to speak because God says of Himself in Malachi 3:6, “I am the Lord, I do not change.” Therefore one must conclude that if God spoke to people in times past and He does not change, then He must still speak to people today.
I want to challenge you to think of the Bible not in terms of what WAS, but of what IS. When we read portions of Scripture and new understanding lightens our mind, that is one way God speaks. Sometimes though He speaks direct words of revelation into our minds, as when we pray and an answer out of the blue resolves our quandary.
These are but glimpses of the conversations available to us if we are willing to accept that God is very real and very present with us. He is someone who wants to be like a trusted mentor and confidante. When you begin to view Him, trust Him, and relate to Him in the present reality of your day, you will begin to experience a kind of assurance and peace that can only come through such intimate contact with our Creator. He is the greatest friend, advocate, and mentor we will ever know.
I encourage you to talk things over with Him beginning today. And please keep talking, but be sure to take time to listen, too. A conversation requires at least two people. So let Him talk.
Dr. Susan Haberkorn is an NCCA Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor