In Genesis 1-3, we see that God spoke to His triune self, to humanity, and to the serpent). He stated His intentions and reasons to create, declared a reality that being alone is not good for man, called out to the humans who hid from Him, confronted the man, woman, and serpent with Truth, gave consequences of their rebellion, and gave a promise of a future redemption. WATCH VIDEO…
God’s Voice was literally heard by others in both the spiritual and physical realms.
All throughout scripture, we discover times where God spoke and people heard. Sometimes it felt normal, sometimes they had no idea what was going on at first. And, His Voice came in various ways to various people in various situations.
Communication is vital to any good relationship. And what God wants most for us is that we live in relationship with Him.
Imagine a couple in love, separated by war. One goes off to fight, while the other stays home. They exchange letters, reminding one another of their love, commitment, and promises for the future. Even though they can’t physically feel the one they love, they sense their nearness inwardly and they are reassured of their character.
That’s what the Bible is for us. It’s not a list of rules to oppress us. It’s a love letter; God reminding us of His love, commitment, and promises for the future. It’s one way we can remember His nearness and be reassured of His character.
He didn’t stop speaking when the Bible was canonized.
God is still speaking today. And we can hear Him. We also have the benefit of the Bible to both help us get more familiar with the sound of His Voice and the character of His nature. Anything we hear, we need to weigh against proven scripture to test its validity because God’s is not the only Voice speaking. (We also hear ourselves, other people, and the enemy.)
Let’s lean in further to the sound of His Voice.
How many of us have heard this being said in the heat of an argument? Why is that said? To release stress of the argument, to prevent negative or even more damaging things from being said, to prevent hurt or further separation? The answer is yes to all of these.
Proverbs 17:14 NIV
Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
As the Scripture said going down that path is like breaking open a damn. It is better to simply drop the argument then deal with the overwhelming flood about to happen. But what about the issues on the other side of that barrier so close to breaking?
Why not take it easy and start letting the “water” out easily. In the heat of the moment, just drop it and when the water has settled start to talk about the stressors behind the emotion? You both will enjoy the discussion much more.