God is an amazing communicator. He is communicating to people in a variety of ways. Silence is something God is accused of, but is not something He does. From a human perspective God's communication may seem abundant or limited based on a person's state at the time. Like the husband busy reading the newspaper while his wife tells him about her day he just may not really be listening though his wife is communicating.
Jesus said it this way: My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27 (NLT) All Jesus' followers would listen to Him then and now. Real life is in Him.
The followers of Jesus meeting in Antioch a few years after Jesus had returned to heaven had this encounter as God the Holy Spirit was giving them direction.
prophets and teachers of the church at Antioch of Syria were
Barnabas, Simeon (called “the black man”), Lucius (from Cyrene),
Manaen (the childhood companion of King Herod Antipas), and
Saul. One day as
these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit
said, “Dedicate Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which
I have called them.” So
after more fasting and prayer, the men laid their hands on them
and sent them on their way. Acts 13:1-3 (NLT)
An observation of God's communication to people from the book of
Job is helpful. For God
speaks again and again, though
people do not recognize it.
Job 33:14 (NLT) God is communicating sometimes in the created order around us (Psalm 19) or in the inner person or wonderfully through the Scriptures, and in other ways. He is God and He speaks, and it is a distinction highlighted by the prophet. What good is an idol carved by man, or a cast image that deceives you? How foolish to trust in your own creation— a god that can’t even talk! Habakkuk 2:18 (NLT)
At GBC we are seeking to be better listeners, better readers, better students of God's communication so that we can get to know Him better.
In this process we have discovered more and more about God and how He works. The impact on people's lives is dramatic, and the delight in developing a closer relationship with God is worth it.