Have you ever longed for God to speak?

by Bethany

Highlighted Text: Heb. 1:1-2
Full Text: Song. 1; Heb. 1

Speak! | Have you ever longed for God to speak? Have you ever said, “O God, do not keep silent! Do not hold your peace or be still! O Lord, be not far from me! How I long to hear your voice! If only you would talk with me and not be silent!” [1]

Past | God has always longed for His people to know Him and, therefore, has always been generous in His communications. As the writer in Hebrews taught, “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets” [2]. He didn’t just speak in one way; He spoke through history, poetry and imagery. He didn’t just speak by one person; He spoke through people like Moses, Isaiah and David.

Jesus | Then Jesus Christ came into the world as God’s final and best communication. As the writer of Hebrews continued, “ … but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son” [3]. Jesus was not, however, a mere way or prophet; he is “the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature” [4]. Everything he was and said and did – including his death and resurrection – is God’s ultimate word to us.

Inexhaustible | What are we really saying, therefore, when we get frustrated that God doesn’t seem to be speaking in ways that we want? Are we saying that we’ve exhausted the life and teaching of Jesus Christ so much that we need something different and more than him? Has he become not enough for us? [5]

Prayer | Lord, What people is there that has a god so near to them as you are to us? [6] Thank you for being so generous in your communications with us over the years. When we long to hear your voice, let us open and read and meditate on your word so that the person of Jesus Christ becomes alive in our hearts. Open our ears and eyes to be sensitive to your Spirit, who focuses our thoughts and hearts on the inexhaustible fountain of your word. Amen.



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[1] See Ps. 83:1; 35:22; 28:1; 29:3-9; 68:33; 95:7  |  [2] Heb. 1:1 ESV  |  [3] Heb. 1:1-4 ESV  |  [4] Heb. 1:3 ESV  |  [5] For an extended sermon on this topic, see John Piper. “In These Last Days, God Has Spoken by a Son.” 31 March 1996.  |  [6] Deut. 4:7

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