Have you ever thought, “Man, I wish I could see God, and talk to God and hear God.”
Maybe we’re just missing God. I believe God is revealing Himself to us every day, and we just don’t know how to look for Him. I know I get consumed with daily tasks, which are all good things, and in fact things God wants me to do. But I get lost in the weeds, and miss God’s words.
I believe God speaks to us. Did you know the word ‘word’ appears in the Bible 1,450 times? The Hebrew word for word is dabar, which also means speak, commandment, promise and to act. You begin to connect the dots when you start at the beginning, literally the opening words of the Bible in the book of Genesis tells us that with a word, God created the Heavens and the earth. Moreover, the book of Psalms and Romans tells us that the whole earth speaks of the glory of God. So when God “dabars” the earth into existence, the earth “dabars” glory back to God.
That explains why this “random” (I don’t believe anything is random, rather providential-directed by God) guy just happened to find himself stranded in our church parking lot due a mechanical failure in his car. The encounter could’ve just stopped there, with no recognition of God’s hand in this inconvenient circumstance, but instead, he wrote this note.
The note, his “dabars” now reverberate in my heart, inspiring praise of God for His goodness, beauty and creation.
But that’s just God’s general revelation. We are all searching for God’s specific revelation. That is my prayer for this young man, that via God’s general revelation (Knowledge of God, as well as knowledge of right and wrong that can be obtained through nature-see Romans 11:18-20 and Romans 2:14-15), He will pursue God’s specific revelation (The revealing of God through the Bible and the life, death and resurrection of Jesus-The Gospel).
General revelation does not clearly communicate the Gospel message. The Gospel, or Good News is the fact that Jesus lived, died and rose again from the dead as found in the Bible. So, where general revelation refers to the existence of God and morality, special revelation - the Bible and the person of Jesus Christ, give specifics regarding who God is, who we are, eternity and so much more. It’s not enough to know the general revelation of God to experience eternal life with God. God does not hide from his people. He reveals Himself and we respond to that revelation. Jeremiah 29:13 (NLT) says, “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.”
May this young man also seek God in the Bible. When we read the Word of God, we are not just reading words on a page, we’re taking in his promises and commandments. If you want to hear God, then read the Bible out loud (Dad Joke). We’re reading God’s love in action. Our response must be to act, a forgotten meaning of dabar. “To walk the talk.” Exodus 24 reveals that in our doing, we actually know or understand. In other words, if we don’t apply, it’s just a lie.
Our words really do matter, and in fact they are an overflow of our heart. May we not just read God’s “dabar,” rather respond and act according to what you read in God’s Word.
On the journey together,