There was once a famous verse of graffiti humour which said: “God is dead” Frederick Nietzsche “Frederick Nietsche is dead” God. Maybe you need to be a certain age group to appreciate the humour in this? In the twentieth century “God is dead” was a common refrain amongst hippies and philosophers of varies types. This was largely based on that christianity had been founded, the Word of God had been written and circulated, but God had ceased to speak. The truth of the matter wasn’t that God didn’t stop speaking, but man had stopped listening.
The whole Bible supports the idea that God is speaking. Not God spoke, but God is speaking. He is by His nature continuously speaking to us. He fills the world with His speaking Voice. Each of the six days of creation begin with “then God said.” He spoke to nothing, and it became something. Chaos heard it and became order, darkness heard it and became light.
His creation still carries His message to us, through it we can hear Him talking to our spirit. The wonder and order of creation shouts of a divine Creator. Personally God can speak to us through His creation, that deer leaping across the barley field or the waves crashing on the shore. Such moments are divine appointments when we need to listen. I remember precious moments when God spoke to me through His creation, in these His timing was always perfect.
We all have those moments in daily life when things “feel right” or “feel wrong” – we can’t put a finger on it precisely. Often that is God speaking to our spirit, our inner conscience. The sad state of modern man is that we have learned to tune out that inner voice of God, to ignore it to our everyday and eternal detriment.
A straight forward but very effective way for God to speak to us is through other people. These moments of guidance are worth looking out for, recently I have been blessed by such incidents where God has taught me things I needed to learn. In my experience He uses two or three people to tell me something, and you better believe I listen too.
The Word of God, our Bible is a great source of spiritual knowledge and strength. We need to be mindful of the fact that the Bible is not a dead book, but is very much alive by the virtue that God can speak to us through it: For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword… HEBREWS 4:12a. It is somewhere we can turn to prayerfully in the full knowledge that we can hear our Father God speak to us, and guide us. To get the best from your Bible it is imperative that prayer precedes any reading, making any requests known to God. Yes, I know He already knows what you need, but He loves the sound of your voice in prayer. In these circumstances I can guarantee you He will bless your reading of His Word.
Therefore God is alive and very well, despite what anyone may say. He is in good voice and talking to us today through many sources, we just need to be willing to hear Him. It is my sincere prayer that you, dear reader, will draw close to Him in prayer and seek His voice.
Note: A major inspiration of this post was a book I would recommend to anyone serious about seeking God, “The Pursuit of God” by A.W. Tozer.