Who Is Listening?

God never stops speaking to his people. You may think sometimes that God has forgotten you or is too angry about what you’ve done to talk to you, but that just isn’t true. The Psalms say it this way:

The heavens declare the glory of God,
    and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
    and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
    whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
    and their words to the end of the world.        
- Psalm 19:1-4

God loves his people and is always calling to us, always declaring his glory and love, urging us to recognize his voice.

The Read through the Bible plan throws a bit of a curve in that it doesn’t move sequentially from 2 Kings to 1 Chronicles. Why not? Because the reading plan is helping us understand who was doing what when in the story of the bible - not just following the books in the sequence in which they were arranged.

We skipped to the book of Isaiah to begin reading the prophets because some of the prophets (Isaiah for one) were speaking to Israel during all the chaos we’ve been reading about in 1 and 2 Kings. Some of the prophets spoke to Israel during the time of their exile and captivity. Some of the prophets spoke to Israel after they were released from captivity and returned to Jerusalem and the surrounding area (you can watch The Bible Project video below that explains this).

The striking thing through all this to me is the realization that God never withdrew his voice from his covenant people. There were continually prophets present in Israel and Judah who reminded the people of their covenant identity and their covenant commitments to the One True God. The prophets were unpopular people - their promise of impending covenant curses was not well received. But God sent them and used them to call to his people, confront his people, urge his people to return to covenant faithfulness so he could bless and prosper them. We have the history of the bible so we know Israel didn’t listen - but we know that just because people aren’t listening doesn’t mean God isn’t speaking.

This is troubling and reassuring to me. It troubles me to know that God is speaking - through his creation, through his word, through his covenant people - but that so often I am not hearing and not listening. But it is also reassuring because I also know that whenever I slow down, humble myself, and look for God he is always present and always communicating his glory and grace.

It would be a good exercise as you read through the prophets to consider their challenges, threats, promises of destruction and prediction of blessing. Where do you hear their voice in your life? What part of the bible is impacting your ears these days? Who among God’s people is God using to speak to you about your life and God’s grace and sovereignty? 

God never stops speaking to you.