GOD IS SPEAKING. DO YOU HEAR HIM? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to hear the voice of God? You can you know. God has a transmission line where you can tune in and listen to the voice of God. You don’t need an $800 phone or a data plan. You can be anywhere on planet earth and of any socio-economic status. God is not a respecter of persons. God has given us a talking book, called the bible or Scripture that actually speaks to a person’s heart (soul, mind, spirit) in an inaudible voice through God’s Holy Spirit. The bible expresses it this way, “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” ( 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV).
Literally we say the words of the bible are inspired or “God breathed” or given by the very breath of God. Every word of the bible as originally given is important because it is from the mouth of God and conveyed to us by the work of the Holy Spirit. Don’t get lost in the details but the details are vitally important. In simplicity; God has spoken though the Bible and His voice is clearly heard if you are listening and attentive to His Holy Spirit helping you to understand what God is saying.
And what is God doing as He speaks to us through the Bible? Primary of course is that He helps us find salvation in Jesus Christ. But in particular in this passage other things are also mentioned. He is teaching us about Himself and His plan for now and the future. He is rebuking us when we go astray. He is teaching how we need to correct what is wrong in our life. And He is training us how to live righteous lives. Why is God speaking to us through His Word? The answer is simple. God wants us to know what He desires to see in us and He wants to equip us to live in this world and by our knowledge of His Word be equipped to perform His works in this world. Those works are things which God has marked out for us to do. Are you hearing the voice of God? Are you listening? When you read and study your Bible God will speak to you. And remember that every word is important because God is speaking!