Is God Not Speaking or Are You Not Listening?

There are atheists and agnostics who justify their position by saying that if there was a God and He wanted to be known, He would make Himself known in an unmistakable way.

Indeed God has done this through Jesus Christ and yet these same people deny the Messenger and His message.  In their case, God is speaking but they are simply not listening.  They know He’s going to want them to change…and they just don’t want that.

The same thing can happen to any of us.  We want God to speak to us, but then we’re unreceptive to making changes in our lives that God might require.  As a result, we can’t hear Him…and then accuse Him of not speaking to us.

Let’s humble ourselves to do anything and everything God asks of us.  Then we will hear Him much more clearly and much more frequently.

Bible notes on this post.

The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ for those who want to hear about Him without having to join a church, organization, mailing list, or anything else other than Him.

5 Replies to “Is God Not Speaking or Are You Not Listening?”

  1. I have always been puzzled by those who wish to praise Jesus or God by using words of praise. It is certainly not how I would have attempted to praise my biological father and if you happen to believe bits of the New Testament it is certainly not what Jesus or the writers of the letters in the New Testament were advocating. This James – when he talks about true religion or Jesus when he presents his golden rule or Paul when he described the way we should love others.
    Surely repetitious words of fatuous praise are almost the opposite of what the central theme of the New Testament claimed to be about. If we are called to anything at all surely it is acts of compassion, tolerance, kindness and forgiveness.

    1. Certainly the New Testament condemns “repetitious words of fatuous praise” (e.g. in Luke 6:46). However, that deeds of compassion can be performed while simultaneously offering praise to God is proven by the deeds and words of Jesus, James, and Paul themselves.

  2. I am sure that God is, in fact, speaking to every human being – be it a Christian, a Jew, a Buddhist, a Hindu, an agnostic, or an atheist – in an unmistakeable way. First, God speaks through His creation (Rom 1:20) and second, He chose a rather uncommon way to speak quasi into our everyday life as well, as I am going to explain below.

    I feel that every single step of our life can be a step on our way home to the Lord. This applies not only to our days but also to our nights.

    When I’m fast asleep I may go to places where I’ve never been before – in the Spirit – and there’s no good reason for me to fake a pleasant disposition, because I remember if I go to a movie theater (!) and I don’t know what film I am going to watch, it could turn out to be an absurdist drama too. [Hopefully by now you know that I, indeed, am spiritually speaking again].

    I am talking here particularly about nightmares which might refer to unresolved problems hidden in the shadow world of the human spirit, that is, deep in our hearts and souls…which are completely known to our Lord alone.
    Though it would be easier for us if God whispered in our ear like a human being, God rather gives us His light by speaking in images and pictures (Job 12:22; Ps 112:4; Jn 1:5, 8:12), for it is written:

    “Why do you contend against him, saying, ‘He will answer none of man’s words’?
    For God speaks in one way, and in two, though man does not perceive it.
    In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, while they slumber on their beds, then he opens the ears of men and terrifies them with warnings, that he may turn man aside from his deed and conceal pride from a man; he keeps back his soul from the pit, his life from perishing by the sword.” (Job 33:13-18)

    “Behold, God does all these things, twice, three times, with a man, to bring back his soul from the pit, that he may be lighted with the light of life.” (Job 33:29-30)

    I don’t argue that any strange dream or nightmare must have a deeper meaning, since dreams often consist of confusing stuff we couldn’t work off during the day (esp. such days which are somehow ‘keeping ourselves busy and distracted so that there’s no peaceful rest’). Moreover, we might have bad dreams because we ate and drank too much the evening before.
    Nonetheless, as the Scriptures above show, there are times in our life when God hauntingly reminds us of neglected secrets we can only reveal with our Lord’s help, i.e. with ‘His Light’.

    May God give us wisdom to distinguish important from meaningless images and messages coming to our mind (day & night). Amen.

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