God is speaking all the time. Are you listening?
People often say, “I wish God would speak to me.” But the reality is, God is speaking to you and to me all day long every day – in a language even a four year old can understand.
Do you doubt this?
Consider Psalm 19. I love this Psalm. It begins with this amazing declaration:
The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard.
Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world.
Wow! Think about what this is saying for a minute. It’s saying that this very day, even if you’ve never felt you could “hear the voice of God,” you can begin today to avail yourself of God’s wonderful “speech” made manifest in His creation. You don’t have to begin to understand deep mysteries to “hear” God’s voice. You don’t have to be able to unwrap prophecies or have a seminary degree to hear God.
No! God plainly says, through these short series of verses that His speech is so plain, His personal revelation to every human being is so in your face through the work of His hands, in His creation, that you can begin right there, at square one, to hear His voice.
And I encourage you to do just that. This day, determine that you will no longer say to yourself, “I wish God would speak to me, but He never does.” Friend, look around you! The heavens themselves are declaring God’s glory. The firmament above is showing His handiwork. Day after day utters speech. Whose speech?
He is talking day after day after day, reaching out to mankind to show through His creation what He is like, and the beauty of His nature. In fact the psalmist, in order to drive the point home that this speech of God is ongoing, he says that there is no speech or language where their line is NOT heard. In other words, God has made His nature, His glory, and His communication so obvious through His creation, that if someone isn’t “getting” it, isn’t hearing it, that’s because there isn’t someone there to get it! Hence, the phrase “there is no language or speech where their line is not heard.” In other words, everyone “gets it.” Deep down. If they will admit it. Everyone knows about God because of His creation. This too is stated in scripture.
This is the Old Testament declaration. And there is a corollary passage in the New Testament. In Romans the first chapter, the Apostle Paul makes it plain as day also. He says, in Romans 1:18-20, speaking of man’s tendency toward rebellion, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.”
Friends, if you feel discouraged because you somehow feel you can’t hear God’s voice, just remember: He speaks through His creation.
So start there.
Allow your heart and mind to hear the Spirit whisper to your own spirit the very essence of His nature through His creation. This isn’t nature worship, because we are not setting out to worship the creation but the Creator Himself.
Open your heart today.
Let God speak to you in the most elemental way possible. Avail yourself of the love letter He has already written to you through His creation…If possible, take time to enjoy a walk outside. Look at the trees, how they are adorned in green, offering shade to the birds. Listen to the birds’ singing. Is it not sweet? Bury your nose in a peony and let the sweet fragrance intoxicate you. Is your world covered with snow today? Enjoy the utter quiet that comes with a world enveloped in God’s white blanket. The same God Who made you, made the songbird, the peony, and every unique snowflake that falls. He loves you. All day long, night after night, through His creation, God is speaking.