God still speaks today
God is still a God who is involved with his children here on earth. God was busy with his people, Israel, all the time. When they veered off course, it slowly but surely led them back in the right direction.
God himself spoke with his children, but he also often used angels to carry messages to people on their behalf: 2If the old message delivered by the angels was valid and no one got away with it, do you think we can risk neglecting this last message, this magnificent salvation?
There are many examples of angels in the Old Testament. God gave Moses the ten commandments and an angel to protect him all the way and guide him in the right direction. When Joshua replaced Moses, angels also helped him enter the promised land.
The angel helped Hagar get back to the woman she had worked for so that God’s plans could work. Two angels warned Lot about God’s plan to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. The angels visited Isaac and Jacob, as well as the great prophets, Elijah and Elisha. And there are many more examples.
Angels were the mouthpieces of God in the Old Testament. They communicated the wisdom and truth of God to his people. If people didn’t do what the angels said, there were big repercussions. Often people suffered because of their disobedience. Often people were left to their own devices and allowed to suffer the consequences of their actions.
Today, angels still act as God’s messengers, but we are also privileged to have the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit does not come and go, but it is with us all the time.
With every decision we make, no matter how small, we can ask the Holy Spirit to guide us. The problem is that we give him so little space in life that we don’t recognize his voice.
There are so many voices in our heads. The voice of finance that usually speaks louder and pushes harder. It can be the voice of your job and the concern of whether you will still have a job tomorrow. Maybe it’s your health that screams the most. Or is it the deafening silence of not fitting in anywhere?
I also struggle to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit through all the voices that scream out loud. But it is my responsibility to shut up and silence all the other voices in my head. Then I will be able to hear the calm voice of the Holy Spirit. Then I will hear what choice I should make. Then it will be easier to live within God’s guidelines.
God still speaks to us today. God also speaks in different ways. He speaks through our circumstances, through his Word and through our hearts. God also speaks to us through other people and also through our dreams and thoughts.
Be careful to listen …
Hebrews 2: 1-4
Can you hear God speak?
Are you quiet enough?
What do you need to do differently?
Father, thank you for continuing to speak today. I realize that I must shut up to hear your whisper. Please guide me on the right path. In the name of Jesus, amen.