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"Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the desert, where you tested and tried me, though they had seen what I did." Psalm 95:7b-9. NIV.
The Bible answers the question of, 'Does God Speak today', with the word, "if." If sounds like it may or may not happen. We can't make demands on God it is for Him to decide if He is going to speak or not.
God may speak in many ways, such as the prompting of the heart, conscience, a sermon, a Bible passage, an opportunity to do good, the counsel of a godly mentor, or bumping into a needy friend. (Beware of false "voices" that imitate God's voice. Knowing God's Word keeps us straight since He will never go against His Holy Bible).
The bigger question is not, "Does God speak to us," but "What do we do with what we have heard?" That answer makes all the difference! We choose, either to yield our obedience or to harden our hearts by refusal. If God prompts us to do a good work we should do it. If scripture speaks to give or serve we should. If we rebel and hold back our tithe or refuse to teach Sunday School when offered or work in the church nursery then we have begun to harden our heart.
Hardening your heart is like Russian Roulette, sooner or later God will act with condemnation. In the wilderness, Israel suffered because they hardened their hearts. They didn't plan to, they saw more of the situation than they did of God, and complained. (Exodus 17:5-7). The lives of the Old Testament people serve as an example to us; we presume on God's grace when we rationalize inaction to His voice.
God may speak, but we gag Him. We drown out His voice by crowding our lives with busyness, entertainment, career; even good things like church service and family may create a volume that deafens us to Him. Jesus' words, "He who has ears to hear let him hear," no longer applies to our generation. Let's resolve to live lives that are free of the complications that stifle His voice. Let's seek Him afresh in prayer and His word. May we commit ourselves to obey His still small voice that may whisper in our hearts to do some service, make some sacrifice, or commit some good act in His Name.
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(c) Adron 7/28/10