Someone once told me I look like that Verizon guy, which in my mind, begs the question: Does that Verizon guy have a name? Does he mind being called ‘that Verizon guy’? Is he really talking on that phone to someone? How would I look in a Verizon jacket? But I digress…call phones can be both wonderful and frustrating, especially when they drop a call (which almost never happens with Verizon, cha-ching) Yes, cell phones can have trouble with reception sometimes, leading to all kinds of misunderstandings…
“I said meet me at Arnie’s…A-R-N-I-E-S”
“Oh, I thought you said Arby’s”
We can have a similar problem when it comes to hearing from God. When we have a bad day we mistakenly think God is trying to tell us something. Or when we get THAT perfect parking spot at the grocery store, (even though we had to cut off an old lady to get it) we mistakenly think that God must be smiling on us with extra favor today. We wrongly look at all kind of everyday things and think they are special messages from God when the truth is we shouldn’t be looking to hear from God from anywhere other than the Bible.
You’re having a bad day, it’s not because God is trying to tell you something, it’s because you’re suffering the natural consequences for your actions, you got up late because you forgot to set your alarm. You dropped your toast AFTER you buttered it’s because you’re a klutz (Note: It always lands butter side down #uselessfact)
There are some Christians who would tell you that unless you’re hearing audibly from God than you’re not really a good a Christian as you ought to be, which is the definition of what legalistic pietism is. Hearing audibly from God is not the normative Christian experience. The trouble I have with this is how can I tell if I’m hearing from God of have a bad case of indigestion?
I’m not saying you can’t look at a beautiful sunset, or see the cuddly beauty of a baby and have God speak to your heart, He will, BUT it will be as a testament to Him. All Earth and creation speak and point to Him (Psalms 119:89).
We have the Bible, The Bible is how God speaks to us today. The Bible is how God has chosen to speak to us. The Holy Bible is the very Word of God recorded in the Holy Scriptures. Between the Bible and the Word of God, there is no distinction, inasmuch as they contain nothing more than the very Word of God, which was also orally proclaimed; and they contain it entirely and completely, so that, aside from them, no Word of God is anywhere to be found. It is an amazing book, it tells us who God is, who we are and how we, sinful man, can be reconciled to our Holy and divine creator, God.
We can’t trust that the parking spot or sunset are divine and inspired forms of God’s communication to us, but we can trust the Bible. (Matthew 1:22–23, John 5:39, John 10:35, 2 Peter 1:19–21, 1 Peter 1:10–12, Titus 1:1–3, 2 Timothy 3:16–17)
“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” (Isaiah 40:8)