TODAY'S WORD FOR Tuesday, September 24, 2019:
HOW GOD SPEAKS
To communicate; converse; to express or make known.
And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden, in the cool of the day.
And when He had made an end of speaking with him on Mount Sinai, He gave Moses two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Through the ages, God has used a variety of ways to speak to His people. He spoke directly with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, meeting them in the cool of the day (Genesis 3:8 above).
After Adam and Eve were expelled from the garden because of their disobedience, He turned to other forms of communication. For example, He used direct revelation, dreams and visions, the words of prophets, and others. Today, God’s primary form of communication to us is through His written Word, the Bible. God will also use circumstances of life to teach us godly principles and He will use the wise and godly counsel of men and women whose lives are committed to Him. And of course, He also speaks to us through the presence of His Spirit within us.
In Exodus 31:18 (above), when God had finished talking to Moses upon Mount Sinai, He gave Moses two tablets, tablets of stone, and on them the commandments written by the finger of God. God has always put value on the written Word. In fact, the Hebrew people were among the first on earth to have an alphabet that allowed them to record documents.
The early church received God’s counsel through both spoken and written means. The Gospel accounts document the life and words of Jesus, while most of the rest of the New Testament consists of letters from the Apostles to various groups of believers.
We have confidence today in God’s Word because we read in 2 Timothy 3:16-17: “All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequately equipped for every good work.”
The Psalmist called the Word of God, a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (Psalm 119:105). The Apostle Paul referred to the written Word of God as a weapon. “The sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God” (Ephesians 6:17). It is through the inspiration of His Spirit and the written Word that God actively communicates with us today. That is why it is so important to read His Word every day.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Ecclesiastics 12:1.
Remember now your creator in the days of your youth, before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you say, “I have no pleasure in them.”
Thank You for preparing my heart each day to listen to You as I read Your Word. Make me more Christ-like and may my heart be attentive to the leading of the Holy Spirit within me.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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