Hearing God’s Voice
God, who spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things.
—Hebrews 1:1-2, emphasis added
When Congress “pulled the plug on NASA’s elaborate search for radio signals from alien life,” a newspaper reported: “The American scientific community is mourning the loss of NASA’s elaborate search for radio signals from alien life. Some speculate that alien intelligence might beam vast streams of coded information, a virtual encyclopedia galactica, with insights into the origin of the universe and immortality.”1 (Emphasis added.) The SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) project had been an American scientific community priority for many years. Because of the evolutionary belief system so prominent in our culture, there is also a desire to find more highly evolved life forms. Some even hope that such aliens can provide solutions to help solve the ever-increasing problem of violence in our society.
The violence issue is unsolvable, however, unless people turn their lives over to their Creator. What our culture is experiencing is exactly what the apostle Paul predicted: in the last days people will be without self-control, brutal (2 Timothy 3:3).
Whether it is in the scientific or the social realm, our world is desperately searching for answers. Yet they continue to show an absolute disregard for the indisputable fact that there is already a stream of infinite knowledge available. You see, God has coded all the answers to man’s questions in His Book—a virtual stream of encyclopedic galactica for which we do not even need to spend hundreds of millions of dollars for radar dishes to receive. The highest intelligence of the universe has already beamed us about our origin, and He’s freely offered immortality to all!
The answer to all life’s struggles is in God’s Word. Did you know that 2,000 years ago Jesus wrote some letters to you as a member of His beloved church? He sent them by way of the last living apostle, John. These letters were a group message, customized for seven churches that represented all the churches then as well as now.
If you were to ask any Bible student how many epistles (letters) are in the New Testament, the answer would probably be twenty-one: thirteen authored by Paul, plus Hebrews, which appears anonymous; and the seven “general epistles” by Peter, James, John, and Jude.
The seven most important letters in the Bible are usually overlooked—the seven authored by Jesus personally, and sent to us individually. For many reasons, those seven letters, comprising chapters 2 and 3 of Revelation, are probably the most important part of the Bible for you and me. For in them, and in chapters like the following, Jesus has written the secrets of: how we can live forever (John 17:3); how we can have a joy-filled life (John 10); how we can experience real love (1 Corinthians 13); how we can be prosperous no matter what the economic, social, or political climate (Joshua 1:8-9); and how we never need fear the future. (John 14)
My Prayer for You This Week: Oh Lord, I pray that by Your grace and for Your glory, You will help every one of us to have an ear to hear Your message. I pray that we would look at this Book differently. The world around us is waiting for some alien intelligence to tell them what to do. But we have You, the Creator of the universe, who has already told us what to do, and we want to obey You. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
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