God Speaks

There is a song that plays on our local family radio station that drives me crazy. Originally our family radio station was branded as a Christian radio station, but over the years and presumably for marketing reasons they changed their branding to be family radio. The content of this radio station is Christian in the broadest sense, including Catholic, Charismatic, and Evangelical content, but lacks so much discernment that it is not really Christian in the real sense. The song is written by Todd Agnew and is called "Written on the Wall." The chorus goes like this:
And I wish You still spoke through burning bushes
And I wish You still wrote on blocks of stone
'Cause the sound of this world's deafening
And I'm having a hard time listening
And I wish Your will was still written on the wall
 Essentially, this is a call to return back to the Old Testament, which is step backwards, not a step forwards.
Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses' face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end, will not the ministry of the Spirit have even more glory. Indeed, in this case, what once had glory has come to have no glory at all, because of the glory that surpasses it. For if what was being brought to an end came with glory, much more will what is permanent have glory. (1 Cor. 3:7-11)
Now, don't get me wrong. I understand the message of this song writer. Christians are so bombarded with corrupting influences that it would be nice if we knew exactly what to do. However, the solution is not to return to the time of Moses. Christians shouldn't need to see signs in the clouds or hear voices in their heads or read books of people who have visited Heaven (or Hell in some cases) to hear the voice of God. When we have faith in Jesus Christ, He gives us a new heart.
And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. (Ezkiel 36:26-27)
 The burning bush, parting of the Red Sea, the manna, the pillar of fire, did nothing to change the hearts of Israel. Even with all of those physical signs they still disobeyed God and were exiled from the promised land. The way to hear God is to have a heart transformation which God himself does. It is Him that makes us walking according to His commands. He speaks to us through nature and the Bible.

I am not saying that God does not use exceptional circumstances to communicate to us, but all circumstances are subjective and need to be evaluated in light of what we know of God through His Word. If you want to hear God speaking, obey Him, the rest will be clear. I fear that most Christians in the West are looking for signs and wonders instead of reading the Bible and obeying what it says, which is probably why they are so unsure of hearing God's voice. They wouldn't know the sound of it even if they heard it because they are tuned in to the wrong station.


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