When was the last time you heard from God? What were the words from scripture that He spoke personally to you? Not just ideas on a page, written down far away in ancient history, but truth breathed out by the living God that leaped off the page and came to life for you.
Let me ask the question in another way that might resonate with you differently. What is your significant scripture? Right now, in the struggles or joys your life is filled with. What is your “go-to verse” that in experiences through the years has been a familiar comfort? When you think of those words you remember answered prayers, particular instances of God meeting you in your need and helping you through.
As you may know, I am currently studying a Biblical Counselling course online through Christian Counselling and Education Foundation. As part of this I had the privilege to study Paul’s letter to the Philippians in depth for an assignment. If you’ve met me, or heard me preach at all you would probably know I am tempted to worry about money. Unexpected bills, changes in work circumstances or even just thinking too far into the future raise the temperature for me. Lately as I have been mulling over Philippians 4:19 I have heard God speak reassurance into my situation and shift my perspective. “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Knowing that He supplies my needs (not my wants) through the treasures I have in Christ has been just what I needed (and still need!) to hear. Here God’s words have connected to me in my circumstances and are starting to change my responses for the better.
Perhaps remembering times when God’s words seemed so close, so real, is hard for you at the moment. They seem like distant memories out of reach today. In the mess and stress of what is happening in your world you’re not really hearing from God anymore. You might be wondering: ‘Why is it that the Bible feels so impersonal when I know from experience how refreshing and soothing God’s promises have been in my past?’ What can you do if this is you?
There are different seasons in the Christian life, but I am convinced that every disciple of Jesus ought to have had some experience of God’s words coming to life for them. Why not go back to that passage (or many passages) that have proved most significant for you? See how these words are just as relevant now as they were in your past, and perhaps God is speaking to you right now through them. Share them with someone else. Reply to this post on facebook. Ask a friend what their significant scripture has been. Then search out more verses for yourself in the next life situation you face.
So as we always say at Reforming Church: ‘If you want to hear God speak, crack open a Bible.’