Does God speak to us today? I know He speaks through us through His inspired Word; but does He speak to individuals, like He did in Bible times? I think God continues to speak today. I believe He has spoken to me—not audibly, at least not yet. I hear Him when I am focused on Him, when I am listening.
This week I was pulling weeds. They have really sprung up in my garden and I have been somewhat neglectful as of late. As I was pulling weeds Scripture came to mind. I thought about the man who sowed good seed said an enemy came and sowed weeds among his crop (Matthew 13:24-38).
I also thought about Paul saying he planted “seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.” (1 Corinthians 3:6). Then what I heard (some might say thought) in my head was that my life can be a lot like a garden. I plant the good seed of God’s Word in my life and in my heart—but there is an enemy who wants to destroy me (). He is known to plant weeds. These weeds may come through the media (in 1939 Scarlett, in ‘Gone with the Wind’ used the D-word), today in the prime time TV hours of 8pm-10pm there are more than 2000 different uses of profanity annually. They may also come through the lifestyles, attitudes, and actions of people around us. They come from neglecting the field of our hearts and minds. Our enemy constantly plants weeds.
He never stops. Slowly, Satan and the forces opposed to God move the things that are offensive, sinful and false. Just an inch here and an inch there, what was once wrong now just seems different—after all what someone else says and does is none of my business. It’s not like they are hurting anyone else. Over time these things become more and more tolerable, they become common. Then, almost without my awareness, I begin to wonder what the big fuss was anyway.
Listening for God and being in touch with His Words is the only thing that will protect us from this onslaught. He still speaks to us—we just have to listen. We have to let His Word take root (Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23). We have to be better gardeners!
Please share your thoughts with me, I would love to hear them….Glenn