God communicates creatively. He’s been doing it since he first said, “Let there be…” and everything we know and see came into being. Without going into theological or philosophical debate about exactly what happened back then, I’ve concluded that when God sets his mind to it, his communication is powerful and life-changing. Nothing is ever the same when He speaks.
There’s no doubt, God has been creative along the way. His ‘various ways’ include a burning bush, a speaking donkey, a mountain covered in smoke and trembling in thunder, and some carving on rocks. He did wall-painting, dreams, angels, He spoke out of a whirlwind and in a quiet whisper. He spoke through a prophet who buried his underpants, another prophet who walked around naked, or lay on his side for months, and caught the attention of another by arranging for him to be swallowed alive in a large fish.
I suppose if I took a wrong turn and found myself swallowed up by a large anything, I might ask Him a question or two about where I went wrong. Yes, he can get our attention if he needs to.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world. (Psalm 19:1)
What I love about God’s communication is that it reaches everyone’s heart. It doesn’t depend on my intelligence, or even my literacy. Most of the digital messages I access only make sense if I can read. That immediately excludes the millions worldwide who do not read, or who cannot see. Audio and visual comms go some way towards getting around this challenge, but not as beautifully as God’s solution!
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