God Still Speaks
Psalm 34:18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, and saves those whose spirits have been crushed.
Ever wonder if God still speaks…and if so how? We read in Scripture “For whatever was written in the past was written for our instruction, so that we may have hope through endurance and through the encouragement from the Scriptures.” According to Paul God still speaks not through romantic fables…not by interpreting the vagueness and uncertainty of weather patterns or natural disasters…not through horoscopes and fortune tellers. Rather God speaks through His holy word, depicting historical moments in which a real God met real people. More specifically God spoke in historical moments in which a real God met real human pain so we could answer the question, “Where is God when I hurt?”
How does God react to dashed hopes and dreams? Read the story of Jarius. How does the Father feel about those who are ill? Try standing with him at the pool of the Bethesda. Do you long for God to speak to your lonely heart? Then listen as he speaks to the Emmaus-bound disciples who admitted with conviction “Weren’t our hearts ablaze within us while He was talking with us on the road and explaining the Scriptures to us?”
Jesus was not just speaking or touching these folks simply for their benefit. He does it for my benefit. He is doing it for you. The God who spoke still speaks…The God who came still comes. He comes into into our world and helps us do what we can’t do in our own power.
And should my soul be torn with grief
Upon my shelf I find
A little volume, torn and thumbed,
For comfort just designed.
I take my little Bible down
And reads its pages o’er,
And when I part from it I find
I’m stronger than before.
Edgar Guest, 1881