Gospel Gazette Online
Volume 18 Number 1 January 2016
Page 10

Is God Silent?

George Jensen

George JensenOne person says God speaks to them. Another has a testimony of their religious experience. Yet another clings to a warm feeling. Do you feel left out? Is God “playing favorites” by communicating to some and not to others?

In the Past

“Long ago, God spoke to the fathers by the prophets at various times and in many ways” (Hebrews 1:1 McCord’s Translation). For example, in the beginning God spoke directly to Adam (Genesis 3:9-11). However, it became the norm for God to reveal Himself to a select prophet by a vision (Numbers 12:6-8). We are told that Moses was an exception, since God spoke directly to him.

In the subsequent years, God chose various prophets to deliver His message to the people. Consider the example of Jeremiah. “And it came to pass, when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking all that Jehovah had commanded him to speak unto all the people, that the priests and the prophets and all the people laid hold on him, saying, Thou shalt surely die” (Jeremiah 26:8). Notice that God did not speak directly to each person; God’s prophet served as His mouthpiece.

The Greatest Prophet

“God, having of old time spoken unto the fathers in the prophets by divers portions and in divers manners, hath at the end of these days spoken unto us in his Son” (Hebrews 1:1-2). In the New Testament era, God spoke to us by His Son (fulfillment of Deuteronomy 18:18-19). Jesus is greater than the wise man Solomon and greater than the prophet Jonah (Luke 11:31-32). However, Jesus has gone to heaven; how can we now hear Him?

Jesus inspired select men of the first century to write down His message (John 14:26; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 3:15-16). Take Paul as an example. Paul declared, “revelation was made known unto me the mystery, as I wrote before in few words, whereby, when ye read, ye can perceive my understanding in the mystery of Christ” (Ephesians 3:3-4). Consider the elements in this text. (1) Paul received God’s revelation, (2) he wrote it down (New Testament Scripture) and (3) others can read and understand. We can read and understand God’s will.

If I need to be away, I might leave a note in a prominent place for my wife to read. I love her, and communication is important for any relationship. Jesus speaks to us today, not directly, but through His Word – the New Testament. God is not silent, but you close your ears when you close your Bible. The Father spoke from heaven, saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him” (Matthew 17:5). Are you listening to Jesus?

What Did You Write Today?

Dean Kelly

Dean KellyThe preacher stands behind a pulpit of some kind, And says the things that clearly come to mind, But the truth is very clear, whatever he may say, This one wrote his own funeral as he lived each day. She has left this earthly abode now far behind, She had been gentle, gracious and very kind; She wrote her funeral with acts of love, And her devotion to her God above.

What did you write for your funeral today? What did you think, or do, or feel, or say? Did your steps align with the Savior up above? Did your heart follow in His path of love? Every day we take our pen into our hand, And often write things that we’ve not planned, For life is so uncertain, full of surprise, Many chances for choice our life supplies. We cannot say what will come our way, As we walk down the pathway every day, But, no matter what, we can firmly decide We have chosen Jesus, we’re on His side.

The most eloquent preacher cannot display The beauty of a life that has walked His way. Like the simple eloquence that shows, In the life of one who the Savior knows.

When the time comes that we lay life’s pen aside, We’ve finished our course, we’ve finished our ride May the pages we write, as we finish our days, Make it be obvious we followed the Master’s ways. What did you write for your funeral today? What did you think, or do, or feel, or say? Did your steps align with the Savior up above? Did your heart follow in His path of love?

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