Do you want to hear from God? Of course you do. Who doesn't? From the beginning of time, humanity has desired for God to reveal Himself to us. We long for understanding, wisdom, and knowledge.
Many times this desire is strongest at times of difficulty; perhaps a death, the loss of a job, financial struggles, loneliness or a divorce. In those moments we are in a state of “Why?”, and therefore we turn to the Lord. At the moment of seeking God the question becomes how. How do we seek God? How do we hear from God?
Many of you may be familiar with Joseph Smith. He is the founder of the Mormon Religion. At the ripe old age of 16(maybe younger), Joe went for a walk in the woods and had a vision. The vision told him that he was the chosen Prophet and all other Churches were wrong, and that he now had authority to act on behalf of God. He continued to receive “revelations” that popped into his head: these revelations included things like God had a dad at one time, Satan and Jesus were brothers, there is a mother God out there, and we are all Gods and will eventually get our own planet. This list goes on and on. All of these things came to Smith, or the other prophets of the Mormon religion, in the form of “revelations.” (See http://carm.org/teachings-of-mormonism). And all of these wood walking “revelations” are utter garbage. They are not from God.
The problem with Smith, and other people who claim a direct line of communication from God is that the mind is the playground of your sinful flesh and Satan. It cannot be necessarily trusted. In fact, as is seen with Smith, it can be very dangerous to trust random thoughts. Each thought must held up against scripture, because it is through God's Word that God primarily speaks to us. Read some of these great verses in Psalm 119.
· “I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.” (V.15-16)
· “When I think of your rules from of old, I take comfort, O LORD.” (v. 52)
· “Your statutes have been my songs in the house of my sojourning.” (v. 54)
· “The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.” (v. 130)
· “Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble. “ (v. 165)
If you have time (which we all do), read all of Psalm 119. It is full of reasons why we should read God’s Word.
If you want to hear from God, read the book He has given you. Listen to what Paul writes in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”
It seems like in this day in age, we love to read fun little books we find in Barnes and Nobles, but we refuse to read the love letters of God. If you want to hear from Jesus, read the book that is all about Him, the Bible. It should be God’s Word that is our delight, comfort, song, light, and peace. So yes, Jesus is calling...but His phone is HIs Word.