Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 21, 24, 26, & 28 –And God said . . .
God has spoken, God yet speaks, and God will speak. His Word is sure, settled forever in heaven, unfailing, and by His Word Father is upholding all things. That which He has spoken, that which He is presently speaking, and that which He will yet speak will never violate His written Word. His written Word is His covenant with man. Every word in that written Word, the Bible, is truly recorded, but not every word is true. Don’t be stunned by that remark. I will give you an example. It is truly recorded that Samson told Delilah that if she bound him with new cords, he would lose his power. That is truly recorded in the book of Judges. The truth, however, is that Samson lied when he told her how to make him weak like other men. Therefore, when we read the Scriptures, we should be clearly aware of WHO is speaking, TO WHOM one is speaking, WHY one is speaking, and WHEN what is spoken is applicable.
Over the coming days I will be writing about God speaking to man, and in particular, those times when He has spoken to man something that was extraordinary. By “extraordinary,” I am referring to something that seems to be out of the ordinary, or beyond the capacity of the hearer to actually see themselves doing what the Lord had spoken to them. It is far more common than one might think, and it serves the believer well to learn that our God has the capacity to deal with us in our humanness, and if we will believe what He says, accept what He says, and act upon what He says, He can still use us, even in the shock of the moment when He speaks to us of something beyond our immediate comprehension.
I’m not sure why, but on many occasions in my life, while I was out and about my normal daily operations, I have been approached by people and asked if I worked at that place. Perhaps it was the way I carried myself, or just something about the way I looked, but they would ask me a question that only an employee or manager of the place where I was could answer. On many occasions, I have been asked if I were a police officer, or retired military. At times, when someone would ask me a question, I wasn’t sure if they were talking to me. When that happened, I tried to be polite and respond to them in an understanding manner. Though I may not have used these exact words, my response was one that basically asked the question, “You talking to me?” My friend, there are times when the Lord will call upon you to do something that you may think to be totally beyond your comprehension or ability. At that moment, you may want to ask the Lord, “You talking to me?” If He is, He’ll tell you.
Manna for Today – Genesis 1; Psalm 119:89; Proverbs 4:20-23; Mark 11:22-26; Romans 3:4