|Q: Why doesn't God talk to us like He did in the Bible days?
|A: Dear Utah,
|Thank you for a very good question. I have had the very same question before, but sometimes we don’t think about what it was like in the Bible times. First of all, they didn’t have Bibles like we do. The Bible wasn’t written yet. For example, in the days of Abraham, there was no Bible. Same with Isaac, Jacob and all the way until Moses. Moses wrote the first books of the Bible. Also, when God spoke to Abraham, or Jacob, they would have to wait many years until He spoke to them again. For example, In Genesis 12, the Bible tells us that God called Abraham out of the land of Ur when he was 75 years old. The next time God speaks to Abraham is in Genesis 15, when he is 85 years old. There were 10 years between those two conversations.
Today, we have a complete Bible, and God speaks to us through it.
I don’t just mean by what we read in the Bible, but the Holy Spirit speaks new things into our minds every time we read, so that you could read one story in the Bible and get something new every time you read it. Why? Because God talks to us through the Bible. That’s why the Bible says it’s “living and active” (Hebrews 4:12). And I can read the Bible any time I want to and get God’s answers from the
Bible. To me, that’s a whole lot better than having to wait 10 years between my conversations with God!
So the truth is that even though God doesn’t speak to most of us audibly today, He does talk to us even more than He did to people in Bible times. We just let ourselves get so occupied with life that we don’t take the time to LISTEN to Him in HIS WORD – THE BIBLE. I want to encourage you to have a good Bible reading plan where you spend some time every day reading a part of the Bible. And be sure you take time for prayer, to talk to God about the things you are reading and ask Him the questions you have. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you through His word, and He will do it!
Thanks for writing, and remember, there's never been a better time to share Jesus!
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