Spirit #2: Hearing from God
“I don’t read the Bible very often, I just hear from God in my own way…”
Lauren and I talk to each other on a regular basis. I know, crazy right? These conversations serve as the backbone of our relationship. Without the exchange of thoughts, information, and feelings, any relationship suffers. I find it interesting then, to hear people say they “talk” to God and yet an examination of their Biblical literacy shows a severe lack of listening to God.
Can we really have a relationship with God without true conversation? Can we “hear” from God outside of His Word? Most people will use Psalms 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God and the skies display his craftsmanship.” as an excuse to not need active, Bible centered study time. Can we really use this verse as an excuse to stay out of his Word?
Let’s look at the rest of the passage.
Verse 7 talks about the instructions and decrees of the Lord.
Verse 8 talks about the commandments and commands of the Lord.
Verses 9-12 talks about the Laws of the Lord.
All of the above are contained in the Scriptures. God takes His Word seriously. He says it is: Truth that sanctifies (Jn 17:17), is alive, active, sharp, and able to judge thoughts and intentions (Heb 4:12), able to cleanse (Eph 5:5), direct inspiration from God (2 Tim 3:16-17), a fire and a rock (Jer 23:29), a guiding lamp (Ps 119:105), the power to overcome (Rev 12:11), the Word of life (1 Jn 1:1), an integral part of the armor of God (Eph 6:17), never fading (Is 40:8), and God himself! (Jn 1:1-2).
So to say we talk to God and yet neglect His Word is to neglect God Himself!
We are to be reading, meditating, memorizing, and living the Word. Saying you have a conversation and/or relationship with God while only praying, and neglecting the study of His Word, is like saying you breathe but you only exhale, neglecting the process of inhaling!
Just some thoughts from a sanctified sinner.
Mark :- D