By Teresa Bates

Do you ever wish God would speak to you the same way He spoke to His people in the Old Testament; audibly, through burning bushes and angels?  He could speak that way today if He chose to but He often chooses to speak to us is through His Word, the Bible.

listenOne of God’s goals in speaking to us through His Word is to keep us safe.  He loves us and wants to protect us.  A form of speech in God’s Word is His law or His word of demand.  The law tells us what to do.  It’s for our own good. An example is:  “Honor your father and mother.  Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” (Ex. 20:12)  This demand is given so that we will live a long, full life.  It’s for our own good, to protect us.

I have a 10-year-old Golden Retriever named Mea.  Even though she is considered a senior in dog years, she still loves to go on walks.  When I get out her leash she begins to jump and dance around.  She can hardly sit still long enough for me to attach it to her collar.  It’s crucial that she is on a leash.  I live in a neighborhood surrounded by miles and miles of forest, and if she’s not on a leash she could find herself in a dangerous situation.  I love my dog and want to keep her safe.  The leash ensures that she is safe.  The same is true for us.  God loves us and has established a perimeter of protection in His Word for our safety.  He speaks to us in His Word, but do we really hear Him?

There is a parable that Jesus tells in Matthew 13:3-9 about seeds and how they grow.  If you read that parable you will notice that the seed is the constant in the parable, it is the soil that it falls upon which makes all the difference.  That’s true for you and me.  We can read the same truth from God’s Word and one will truly “hear” it and apply it.  Someone else won’t “hear” anything and their life will remain the same.  Just as the soil must be good and allow the roots of the seed to go down deep to sustain health and vitality, we too must have humble hearts that allow the Word of God to penetrate deep into our hearts to sustain strong spiritual health and vitality.

Matthew 13:9 says, “He who has ears, let him hear.”  As human beings we hear a variety of sounds – the ocean, a freeway, the birds, a construction site, a trickling stream, the thunder.  Yet there is a deeper kind of listening which results in a spiritual understanding.  It is this kind of listening that allows us to truly hear God.  He is speaking to you today and every day, are you listening?


Teresa headshot 1Teresa was born in Vancouver, WA and has lived in the Pacific Northwest all her life.  Growing up with sisters who were eight and ten years older than her it was as if she had three moms.  She always considered herself fortunate to be so loved. Raised in the church, she came to faith in Christ when she was 12 years old at a church summer camp. As a graduate of Western Washington University with a degree in vocal performance, she is a worshipper at heart. Teresa has been married to her college sweetheart, Josh, for 23 years, is active in women’s ministries at her church, and has been leading women’s Bible studies for the past seven years. She works at Northwest Ministry Network as the Credentialing and Pastoral Care assistant, serves on their Women’s Ministries Leadership Team, and writes for the Her Voice blog. She recently wrote a Bible study, Ignite – Fueling God’s Passion within You, and is in the process of getting it published.  Look for it online and in stores soon.  Her passion is to teach, coach and mentor women, equipping them to live Spirit-empowered lives. Teresa’s claim to fame is being the mom of her two children, Sydney (18) and Aaron (14).  She currently lives in Renton, Washington but often daydreams about living in Hawaii.


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