This is not me berating you – even Jesus felt this all before! When Jesus was on the cross, He cried out to God, too, because He just felt… abandoned.
Why was God not speaking to Christ? Our perception of God’s inability to act or speak is, in reality, a misperception. To begin with, Jesus experienced God’s presence after His feelings of abandonment; they just seemed absent in that moment. God has been communicating with man since the very beginning of time. He is our oldest, wireless radio because while we haven’t always seen Him, He has been speaking to us. When you listen to the radio and you hear the radio host through the car stereo, do you see him or her? No. But you don’t question the existence of the radio host because you don’t see them in your car. Therefore, while God does not have a particular radio show to listen to on our way to work, He does have several stations that He uses to communicate with us.
God can speak to us in a variety of ways – of His choosing – but for now the ones we will discuss and seek to explain are through the Bible, people, events, and His words. Another key way God communicates with us is through prayer. Check out our series on prayer in “God’s Looking Glass” to see how we can humble our hearts before the Lord.
Another way God speaks to us is through His Word. The importance of God’s Word should not be minimalized because, through the Bible, we are given a direct line to God.
God provided man with the Word of God so that he could find strength throughout the circumstances of life. Read Matthew 4:4, Hebrews 4:12, 2 Samuel 22:31, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, and Isaiah 40:8. How is the Word of God described and explained? Why do you think Hebrews 4:12 describes the word as “sharper than any two-edged sword,” while 2 Samuel 22:31 describes it as “a shield for all those who take refuge in him?”
See, God understands the plights of life and gave the Word so that our faith, in the midst of hardship, may be strengthened and restored in Him. There will be times when we need the sword to combat the doubts, and times when we need the shield while we rest in Him. But what He affirms is that the Word is essential for true, everlasting life.
God can use people even today to convey messages to us, much like the one aboveGod directed their writing, and it is important to stress that the Holy Spirit is responsible for all that was written, not the authorThese concepts tie into the next way God communicates to us – through other people. There are 66 books in the Bible and about 40 authors; but those people were not writing their own words.