In the past, when God wanted to speak to His people, He did so either through a thundering voice that came from the heavens, or through visitations from angelic beings. And back then, such instances were pretty common place, because from the responses of the people cited in the Bible, it is clear that they knew how to discern the thundering voice of God and they knew when they were visited by angelic beings.

But what about us today? If you suddenly heard a voice thundering down from the sky today, or were visited by an angelic being, how would you respond? Odds on, if you heard a loud voice coming from the sky, you’d think that you were caught on America’s Funniest Homes Videos; and if you were in the presence of an angelic visitation, you’d put it down as a paranormal apparition and call the X Files hotline, or your friendly neighborhood spirit man.

But why is that the case? Why is it that the only thundering deep voices we know are that of James Earl Jones and Morgan Freeman? And why is it that the only apparitions we know are those that haunt and harm, and not help? Well, beloved, I think it’s got to do with the fact that God has been rather silent lately. Don’t you agree? When was the last time you heard Him speak to anyone on this earth the way He did with David or Abraham?

Since I was a boy, I was envious of the fact that those people had such a direct and intimate relationship with God. Because for them, the phrase ‘speaking to God’ actually had some meaning. I mean, God would actually reply, and they could have an actual conversation with God, the way we understand conversations to be. So why has God been so silent all this while?

“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;” Hebrews 1:1-2

You see, God has changed modes. Where He used to speak to us through loud thundering voices and angelic visitations, He now speaks to us through the words of Jesus. And don’t think that this is God taking a break and shirking His responsibilities; because, when God decided that this was going to be His way forward, He did not shortchange us. Instead, we are better for it and here is why.

You see, when God spoke

“…to the fathers long ago in [the voices and writings of] the prophets in many separate revelations [each of which set forth a portion of the truth],” Hebrews 1:1 [AMP]

I don’t know why, but God held back. Perhaps it was because the people weren’t mature enough to receive, or perhaps it just wasn’t time yet. But whatever it was, before Jesus came, God was holding back, revealing just a portion of His truth for His people each time He communicated with them.

But now, He “has in these last days spoken [with finality] to us in [the person of One who is by His character and nature] His Son [namely Jesus],…” Hebrews 1:2 [AMP]
I don’t know what makes our generation so special, but from this, we can see that to us, God is silent because God has spoken. Not only that, He has spoken with finality, and He’s got nothing more to say with respect to our salvation, nothing more to say with respect to our provision and protection. God has spoken and He has given the last word to Jesus.

Now pause for a moment and think. If God is silent because God has got nothing more to say, that means that the truths that Jesus spoke are the final word in our Father’s plans and they will therefore apply to us in their entirety right now, as they will continue to apply to our children and our children’s children, until the day God our Father decides to call it a day, end the world as we know it and call us back to be with Him. There are no ‘ifs’, there are no ‘buts’, there are no ‘maybes’. There are no ‘change of directions’ either. What Jesus says goes. He’s got the last word.

So what has He said?

Firstly, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” John 6:35

The operative word here is ‘never’. When you go to Jesus, you will never hunger and you will never thirst. Sure, clouds of doubt over your financial situation will arise every now and then. So too will thoughts over the future of your career. But no matter how bad it gets, you will never hunger, and you will never thirst.

Jesus also said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.” John 10:11

Where your protection is concerned, Jesus has given His life to protect you. So what is it that you think that can possibly come around to harm you? And don’t you for a moment think that Jesus’ got too many sheep that He can’t handle the numbers. He tells us that

“I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.” John 10:14

For as much as we think we know Him, in greater measure are we also known by Him. So because we are known by Him and He gave His life for us, we don’t need to worry about our protection. For

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

We shouldn’t even be thinking about such a mundane given as protection. Instead, we should be always looking forward to the abundant life which Jesus came to bring.

And that is why, when Jesus says,

“…whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:13-14

Believe and take hold of that truth, for indeed,

“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.” John 15:7-8

Caught that last bit? By ‘this’, by Jesus doing for you all the good that you desire, and by you bearing much fruit, by those things are our Father glorified. So God and Jesus have no conflict of interest here, they are both looking out for the same goal; you.

And if you are thinking that all this is too good to be true and you are waiting for the big catch, beloved, there is none. Because when

“Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?”
Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” John 6:28-29

Remember what Jesus said to the rich young ruler who had lived a perfect life?

“One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” Mark 10:21

Why? The man has lived a perfect life; crossed his ‘T’s and dotted his ‘I’s as far as holy acts were concerned.

Well, this is because through Jesus, God made our righteous standing based on how good Jesus is and not how good we are. Our righteousness is found in Him, and not through our own actions. Or simply put, God’s not going to judge you by what you have or have not done. Your place in heaven has already been secured by Jesus. So if you believe it, then you will run to Him and take it. But if you don’t believe Him, then you’ll continue to search for it everywhere else, in all the wrong places and never find it. And that it is why Jesus says,

“I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6

“For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Matthew 26:28

Your right standing with God, the reason why God would forgive you, is because all those years ago, Jesus interceded for you on the cross and bore the punishment for your sins, so that you don’t have to anymore. That is the truth that Jesus brings; and the fact that God is silent shows that He’s got nothing more to say about that.

You know, on a lonely night, many millennia ago, a priest went, under the cover of darkness, to the home of one whom his bosses and peers considered to be a rebel. And as this priest conversed with the rebel, the priest was told,

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

And that’s the point that Jesus is trying to make. Hey, God loves you. He wants to save you. He really doesn’t hate you. Sure, you’ve been a bad boy. But it’s alright. Jesus has already made things right with our Father so that no power in the heavens, on earth or under the earth can ever say that God is unrighteous to look past your sins; but at the same time, no power in the heavens, on earth or under the earth can ever say that God does not love you. In fact, He has made your salvation freely available to you through Jesus.

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:17

All you need to do is believe. And if you have never believed in Jesus but now are convinced that He is for you because He loves you, and you want to receive His gift of salvation and be right with God, once and for all, then say this to Him.

“Jesus, thank You for being our Father’s last word. Thank You that Your words hold true even till today. Jesus, I believe You when You said that You are the way because it is only through Your blood that I can receive my forgiveness of sins. And now that I have believed and received all that You have done for me, I know that I need not worry any longer about my future because You are always there to make sure that I am well protected and provided for. So I look forward to a life of rest in Your peace. Amen.”

You know, beloved, “God, who gave our forefathers many different glimpses of the truth in the words of the prophets, has now, at the end of the present age, given us the truth in the Son.” Hebrews 1:1 [PHILLIPS]

When we read the words of Jesus, we are not just taking a peek into God’s world. We are looking in fully on all that our Father has to say to us.

So hold on to every promise that Jesus has made because that is God’s last word in your situation. You will be protected; you will be provided for; because you are totally and completely forgiven; because you are loved beyond earthly measure. And that is God’s final word.

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