by Dr. Charles Stanley
In Touch Daily Devotional
Is God Still Talking?
Children have "selective hearing," the ability to tune out an adult's voice whenever they want. Either they are absorbed in their own activities and do not want to be disturbed, or they do not like what they are hearing so they ignore the voice. The adult is speaking, but you would never know it by the child's response. At times we behave the same way toward our heavenly Father, don't we?
God speaks to us through the Scriptures just as He always has. His Word contains the complete revelation of God and was written by God's chosen people under the Holy Spirit's control. (2 Timothy 3:16) If we are inattentive to the Bible, then we have turned away from our major source of hearing from God.
But if we open His Word, we will hear how much He loves us. God wants to fellowship with us, to express His love to us, and to receive our love in return. From Scripture, we will receive definite direction for our lives. (Jeremiah 29:11) God knows that the world, our own selfish nature, and Satan clamor for us to choose their ways over His. God wants to provide us with His wisdom so we will make right decisions. God also talks to us to give us the reassuring and comforting words we so desperately need. He sees our trials, our failures, our humiliations, and our sorrows and wants to speak words of loving truth to us. And His Holy Spirit helps us understand what He is saying.
God still speaks. The question is, Are you listening?
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