I want to take a look at Job 33:14. It’s a very simple little verse, but broad. Elihu is speaking, and in the context of everything he’s saying, he’s correcting Job and he’s correcting Job’s friends because they’ve not been able to get anywhere with their religious arguing. And so finally he says, “Job, you’re not right to say that God doesn’t answer a man’s words” and then he makes this statement. Job 33:14, “For God does speak – now one way, now another – though no one perceives it.”
God is committed to communication
Now one way, now another! How committed is God to communication? He’s so committed that He comes up with every conceivable way possible of doing it! He doesn’t limit His word to some obscure language that only anti-social unholy naval gazers can discern after years of seclusion up on some Himalayan mountain!
I mean, I’m Dutch, bet you couldn’t guess with a name like Van Gilst. Aren’t you glad He doesn’t communicate in just Dutch? Of course it’s not a completely bad idea. I mean where I’m from it’s a well-known fact that if you ain’t Dutch you ain’t much. They got it on their bumper stickers and everything. But aren’t you glad God’s not exclusive in His communication?
Psalm 19:1-3, “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.”
I like this one – in Isaiah 45:19 in the living Bible it says, “I the Lord publically proclaim bold promises. I do not whisper obscurities in some dark corner so that no one can know what I mean. I did not tell my people to ask me for what I did not plan to give. No! For I the Lord speak only truth and righteousness.”
God speaks in various ways
Hebrews 1:1-2a, “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.” That means that the ways God speaks are now summed up in Jesus Christ, and through Jesus we can experience every one of the ways that God speaks. God speaks through prophets. God speaks through scripture. God speaks through dreams and visions. God speaks through angelic visitations. God speaks through supernatural spiritual experiences. God speaks by revealing Himself in some incredible ways. God speaks through the common ordinary everyday things. God speaks – now one way, now another. And all of those ways are fair game through Christ.
Can God speak, and we not know it?
God speaks, now one way and now another, and man may not perceive it. Now to me that is absolutely, almost unbelievable. I mean after all, creation itself is a result of God speaking. What power must there be in that voice that can not only ignite the fires of a million suns, but keep them burning for eternity? How is it possible that a God so awesome, so glorious, so majestic, can speak and we go “did you hear something?” Man may not perceive it.