Talking with God

We used to live about a block from the high school football stadium in a small Texas town. On clear fall afternoons, you could hear the public address system drifting over from the football game. The announcer’s voice would bounce against trees and glance off of rooftops, so by the time it arrived, it had gathered a distorted, ethereal feel. You couldn’t make out exactly what the voice was saying, but it seemed like the voice was falling directly out of the sky.

“Shrratnkn makes a shakle on the blirptien aard kine.”

One warm evening my son Matthew, who was four at the time, played outside on our driveway. A junior varsity game was in full swing over at the stadium, and the sound of the loudspeaker danced through the air. Matthew heard it and slowly looked up.

Suddenly, he shouted, “I love you Jesus!” He ran over to me, wide eyed. “Dad! Dad! I’m talking to Jesus!”

I chuckled.  “Are you? What’s he saying?”

“He said he loves me.”

“What’d you say to him?”

“I told him I loved him back.”

“Did he say anything else?” I asked.

Matthew’s eyes widened and he grew very serious. “Yes!” he said, the world-shattering importance of Jesus’ direct revelation written all over that young face.

“What’d he say?” I asked.

“He said he likes apple pie.”

I suppressed a grin. “What’d you say?”

“I told him I like apple pie too.”

Then he dashed back out to the driveway to listen to God some more.

I sat on the swing wishing it were really like that. Wouldn’t it be so much easier if God would just speak out loud? “Tell me what you want, Lord, and then I’ll do what you say.”

I have this delusion that if I knew his will more clearly, I would follow it more fully.

I say it’s a delusion because there was a group who had perfect revelation. The Children of Israel under Moses got a daily dose of divine truth, and yet you’d be hard pressed to find a group more obstinate and disobedient. Follow their pilgrimage out of Egypt, and you will find a journey well-stocked with miracles and divine revelation. However, God had to drag them the whole way kicking and screaming.

That tells me something. We don’t need more revelation. We need better assimilation. God has given us all the truth we need to know him and follow his will.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

That’s the good news! Now go have a great day.

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