Conversations with God
By Joseph Parker
The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes (Psalm 19:7-8).
Does God talk to people? Does He actually interact with people on a daily basis? If God talks to people, to whom does He speak? And how? Through the thunder and lightning? Through other people? How do we actually hear from God?
One of the main ways God talks to all of us is through the Bible. Scripture is a microphone through which the Lord talks to us. It is God’s cell phone by which He speaks to all of us. It is His “extended and lengthy text message” from Heaven. God wrote a long “love letter” and we call it the Bible.
When we read the Bible, we are hearing from God. We are interacting with Him – communing with our heavenly Father. We are spending time in His presence. When you read the Word of God, you are having a conversation with Him. He is sharing His wisdom, insight, encouragement and strength with you. He is pouring Himself into you as you listen to Him speak through His Word.
We are very wise to spend much time listening to God as we read His Word. As we read, He is molding and shaping us. He is touching you and your life in many ways as you simply read.
Reading the Word of God is a form of prayer. Be mindful that prayer is both talking and listening to God. When you are reading God’s Word, you are praying and simply leaning heavily on the listening side of prayer.
God will talk to you as much as you will listen. If you want to talk to God a lot and spend a lot of time hearing and receiving His wisdom, He is ready. If you choose to spend an hour or two reading His Word, God will spend every minute of that time with you.
Now one may ask “How can God spend one or two hours with me when I read the Bible? He’s got a universe to take care of! How can He afford or take time with me like that?!” Well, if you ask that question, you are probably getting you and God mixed up. Remember, He is God and He is the ultimate multitasker. He can do a billion things at once with a much greater degree of skill and ability, than you or I can do any one single thing. God is able to give more time and attention to a million people at once, than you or I can give to one person. Remember, God is God. And we are not.
So, do you want to hear from God today? Do you desire a Word from the Lord? Do you want to have a conversation with Him? Well simply open the Word and read. God will talk to you as much as you will listen.