From The Other Side (Hebrews 4:12)

Does God still speak today? It is a question that comes to mind often. The exact question usually can go somewhat like these: Does He speak? How does He do it? What tools does he use? Can He use me? How do I know it is Him? These are all very logical questions and great things to ponder. I do it a lot. Here is what I found

Hebrews 4: 12 (NASB) had to say about the Living Word of God.

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

It states clearly that God has words that are living yesterday, today, and tomorrow. The real question is does he still speak through people because verse 12 pretty much sums up whether God speaks. It is just how He speaks that is at the heart of this dilemma. Like most people I have felt God speak through different things, not just verbally, but circumstantially. What I mean by circumstance's is non-verbal communication.

 

Here is what Presbyterian minister/theologian Robert McAfee Brown had to say, in his book The Bible Speaks to You, about God and how He relates to us.

We cannot truly know him if all we have is information about God. We can't enter into relationship with information about God; we can enter into relationship only with God himself. So the Bible is not a textbook of doctrinal statements (though doctrinal statements can be derived from it)—the Bible is an account of an encounter between God and his people.”

Mr. Brown doesn't say He has stopped relating to His people (us). On the contrary Brown goes onto say that God meets you and me where we are. He also writes about how God speaks through history, people, Jesus Christ, and through community with other Christian's. I would also add on the Holy Spirit and nature, but both of those you have to be careful with.

 

Though the Canon (The entirety of the Bible) is closed, we can be confident that God still speaks through other sources today.  Though, it's important to remember no book should be put above the Bible on the authority level. I've noticed God speaking through other sources in my own life. It's good to know that He does interact.  We need to be willing to believe.

 

How do we know it is Him and not us.  This is a hard question, but here is what I have heard and found out from many people. Every little word or advice given should be sent through the filter called the Bible. If it doesn't line up with what the Bible says chances are it comes from Hell and smells like smoke!

 

Both of the above quotations point to the fact that God's word is living and not stale. That it lives convicting and guiding the believer. It isn't here to bore us, but effects us in a deep way… of both joints and marrow… God's word is very important in our spiritual life. It keeps us alive and well spiritually speaking. The word of God is like food for the soul, so if you've gone a long time without having your spiritual bread I encourage to pick up your Bible today and maybe just read one verse. 

 

Just one… This isn't to make you feel guilty because I'm in the same boat as you. I will go days, sometimes weeks, without reading scripture.  

Brian Morrissette