The Word of God You Never Hear (Part 3)

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You never hear God speak to an angel, sending him to deflect the falling object which narrowly missed your head.  You never hear the command which works all things together for your good.  You may sense only an intuition when God whispers to you the word of wisdom that keeps you out of harm’s way.  But the word of God you never hear is God’s preserving power.

Psalm 91 says: “He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.  On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.”  You have read about the angel that shut the lions’ mouths to preserve Daniel and to fireproof three men in Nebuchadnezzar’s furnace.  You may remember the army of angels Elisha showed his servant to allay his fear of the Aramean army.  You know how angels tended to Jesus in the wilderness and in Gethsemane.  But do you understand that God commands angels to sustain and protect you?  You may not hear the word or see the angel; but listen, will you?  Maybe that was an angel’s sigh, not yours, when you narrowly escaped harm.  Maybe the warning sound that kept you from disaster was really the word of God you never hear – the word of his preserving power.  He’d love for you to worry less, trust him more, enjoy the life he preserves for you.

Do you remember that Satan quoted that verse from Psalm 91 in his temptation of Jesus?  Satan twists Scripture.  He also twists the word of God you never hear into an excuse for irresponsible living, just as he attempted with Jesus.  Or Satan mystifies the word of God you never hear to promote neo-pagan pantheism.  Or he rationalizes the word of God you never hear to argue for Darwinian evolution.  That’s why God inspired the Word of God you do hear.  And the more you hear that Word of God, the better you will understand the word of God you don’t hear and the less vulnerable you will be to Satan’s distortions.  Search the Word of God you do hear, and you will find comfort in the word of God you don’t hear.

John begins his Gospel calling Jesus “The Word.”  He spoke the world into existence and gave life to human beings.  He spoke the truth that makes our God knowable and our salvation assured.  John writes: “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”   Jesus is God’s Word made visible – all that we need to know about our God in human flesh.  And you will see him, the Word incarnate, when he calls you home to be with him forever.  Glorious day!

PRAYER: There is so much about life that I don’t understand, Lord.  Make me content to know that you understand, and that you have told me everything that I really need to know.  For preserving my life and the life of those I love from harm and from evil, thank  you.  For the full revelation of yourself that awaits me in eternity, accept my praise.  All this is for Jesus’ sake.  Amen.

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