Growing up I was always considered “quiet.” I wasn’t quick to assert my presence or interject into the conversations of others. I was one of those frustrating kids that wouldn’t always say, “hello” back to an adult or answer every question that came my way. It’s not that I didn’t like people. I just didn’t always feel the need to share. As a result of this, I found myself in many situations where people would speak for me. Whether people were convinced that they wouldn’t get an answer out of me or that they wouldn’t be able to hear if I did- my answers, thoughts, or opinions were shared for me rather than from me. I wanted to scream, “Just let me speak for myself!” Today, there are many people doing this for God. They are taking His place or pointing to other means to speak for Him when we just need to let the Lord speak for Himself.
Many years ago there were billboards that popped up in different places around our country with a quote claiming to be from God. Today, different memes are posted on the internet with God’s name on it and shared as if it were something they are sure He would say. Some popular authors have taken it on themselves to speak for Jesus each day in how He would answer thoughts, concerns, or anxieties you might have. Some teach that you can find answers to prayer or insight from the Lord in movies, music, art, or other popular culture forms. Others teach us just to completely rely on the little voice within. Now, there are certainly good Biblical lessons and principles that can be portrayed in story or artistic form. It is important that they are but whether billboards or books, memes or movie stars, writers or whispers- none of these things should be given the authority or counted on as directly from the Lord. We don’t need to speak for Him nor do we need to look to other means to hear from Him. We need to let God speak for Himself.
I think of how Micah, the prophet, responded to Israel’s questions and wonderings about the voice of the Lord and what God wanted. Micah simply asks in Micah 6:8, “What has He told you?” God has already spoken to us (2 Peter 1:21). We don’t have to wander around in search for what He would say. He has told us what we need to know of Him and His Will in His Word. If you want to hear the voice of the Lord then open-up your Bible. This Word is “God-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16). It is to us from Him. God isn’t being shy or silent as I was as a kid. He wants us to know truth. He wants us to know Him. Deuteronomy 29:29 tells us that what He has shared even belongs to us. He wants us to have and to know His Word on any and everything we may come to in life. So, let God speak for Himself. Trust what He has put His name on and look to see what He has told you clearly, directly, and graciously in your Bible.
Looking And Learning With You, Pastor Rudy