I’m fascinated with Alice in Wonderland. Her journey has become a bit of an obsession. Animals talk in Wonderland. To exist there, Alice must believe it. She thinks she’s dreaming. If she believes it’s unreal, then their words are irrelevant. She will wander through Wonderland never understanding the plight of the citizens. Her identity will be unrealized, and her destiny will be unfulfilled.
The same can be said of us. If we don’t believe that God speaks to us in various ways, especially in Scripture, we won’t see the condition in the world around us, our true, God-shaped identity will never be realized, and the potential for a unique, God-glorifying destiny will fade away. We will wander, like exiles, in a foreign land with a false identity and a twisted sense of purpose—achieving fame, fortune, or significant world approval.
God spoke—from the very beginning. He spoke and the worlds were formed. There’s life-giving, creative, redemptive power in his words. After he created man, he continued to speak on late afternoons in the Garden. He then spoke judgment to Adam and Eve when they sinned. Then, he delivered hope when he promised someone would come to bruise the head of the serpent who had deceived and entrapped them.
He talked to Abraham, promising a family too large to number—even though he had no children at the time, and only one he ever saw. He declared truth to Moses through the law, and was heard rumbling from the mountain. He spoke to Moses face to face. He addressed people through the prophets, warning, promising, and painting pictures of future hope.
He described redemption through metaphor: perfect sacrifices, the tabernacle, the scape goat and the Manna, and the Passover. He explained his plan through perfect sacrifices and the Passover lamb whose blood was applied to the doorposts of their homes so death would pass by.
And then, he communicated perfectly and gloriously through Christ—the Word made Flesh, who dwelt among us. Jesus expressed only what his Father wanted, and he did only what his Father told him to do. He declared deliverance by faith, redemption through faith in his sacrifice, and a kingdom of heaven—unlike the one expected. He shouted the humility and love of God as he was incarnated and born in a stable and died on a cross—bringing redemption to all who believe.
The same love that motivated God to speak then, motivates his continued voice now. The Word of God was given because of love—because of a desire for us to realize the MORE that is found in Jesus Christ as Savior, Deliverer, Resurrection, and Life. He came and spoke to bring light and life to a fallen world.
The creative power and certainty of God’s word and decrees cannot be overestimated and is made clear from the first words in Genesis, “Let there be,” until the end of the Book of Revelation with its solemn warning against altering the words that have been written. Scripture works on our hearts supernaturally. “The word goes where it will and accomplishes whatever it was sent to accomplish.” (Isaiah 55) The more we read or hear it, the more our faith grows. “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” It works on our hearts supernaturally. It’s a fact.
Understanding that God has spoken and continues to speak to his people is central to Christian faith. Absolutely.
Believe: The word of God has real power because it is alive and supernatural. “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
Below is a link to a powerful song by Michael Card about how God spoke through Jesus.