Important Synonyms: Has God Been Speaking to Humanity by Varying Means?
These days we have seen powerful forces knock down trees, bring torrential rains and hail, tornadoes forming here and there, and flooding. Lots of flooding. Humanistic-wise and Naturalist-wise we call these “mother nature” with no mention of any other power in control or in control by permitting certain things. In the Bible there are two powers at work but not two equals-in-power regarding nature. Job experienced the prince of darkness wrangling-up a storm that destroyed him (not unto death) and gave him a severe sickness too. And then, through the rest of the Bible we don’t hear of this except that the Lord is in control down to that first speck of static electricity building in the clouds above- and rules over the Prince of Darkness.
You might want to thump me on the head speaking of current disasters in these terms- but, it is actually good news- If God is the chief instigator in mostly all of what we see- then He is in charge as we petition Him to stop- to stop any nature-based disaster in the name of His Son. And Wisdom- people need His Wisdom in how to cope. Me, I’ve been through flooding in my own abode watching my important paper-work float around losing its ink-power. I’ve lived with huge flying ants out of control. I’ve had my car basically written off due to the size of hail between golf-ball to tennis ball sized hail as I sat helpless in my car. The verses I provide were inspired by he fact so many trees were just “brought down to the ground” recently…read on- it’s all no stranger to God Himself.
1. The Word of God: the Bible or a word/wisdom/warning/encouragement of the Holy Spirit to an individual or individuals
From the Bible in Acts 11
“During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. (This happened during the reign of Claudius.)”
2. The Living Word of God: Jesus the Christ
From the Bible- John 1
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
From the Bible- Hebrews 1
“In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.
3. The Voice of the Lord: What people call “nature”- He speaks through nature
Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness. The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon. He makes Lebanon leap like a calf, Sirion like a young wild ox. The voice of the Lord strikes with flashes of lightning. The voice of the Lord shakes the desert; the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord twists the oaks
and strips the forests bare. And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”
The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
the Lord is enthroned as King forever.
The Lord gives strength to his people;
the Lord blesses his people with peace.
[If your life has been turned upside down turn in prayer to the one who can start a disaster or stop a disaster collectively for His Son’s Name Sake- Jesus Christ.]
4. The Declarations, Proclamations, the pouring forth of Speech, …
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.
5. God speaks through His Providence (governance over all things) – at just the right time- not a second late or a second too soon…
“But when the son of Paul’s sister heard of this plot, he went into the barracks and told Paul.” [By Providence
he was in the right place at the right time at the beginning and delivered the message to Paul at just the right time.] His “down to the details” speaks to us.