Probably all of us have at one point or another asked for God to speak to us with an audible voice. Perhaps we’ve asked for a Moses like experience on top of Mount Sinai, or a transfiguration experience, or maybe Paul’s Damascus road experience. We want to hear God speak to us – we want to see something physical, we want to hear something audible. And let me remind you, God has spoken to us.
The Bible is God’s book. He wrote it. Everything said in here is from the Spirit of God. If you want to know what God has for you, it’s right here. Peter writes that everything we need for life and Godliness is granted to us through the knowledge of Jesus (2 Peter 1:3).
And God uses this book to spur on a deep and personal knowledge of Jesus. That’s why when we read this and we say, “This is the word of the Lord,” it’s not just tradition. It’s genuine. We believe that when these words are read we are hearing the words of God. And that’s also why we say, “Thanks be to God.”
God spoke and we get to hear it. The Bible is a miracle. It means that we don’t need to wait for a prophet to speak. We don’t have to wait for a Sinai experience to know what he has to say. He has written it down for us. He told us what he wanted us to know. And we can have it. We have it on our shelves at home – we can have the very words of God sitting on our shelf, or in our bags, or in our pocket.
In Matthew 28, after the resurrection, the disciples were coming to Jesus and he was going to send them out and give them the Great Commission. And it says that ‘The eleven disciples went to Galilee to the mountain which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted.’ Where were they? They were on the mountain. This was a mountaintop experience, they were seeing the risen Jesus, and they still doubted.
We don’t need mountaintop experiences to kill our doubts and to make us holy, what we need is people gathering together devoted to God, to his word, and to prayer. We need the regular week-in week-out rhythm, the day-by-day, reading of what God’s Spirit says to the church.
As much as we might try, we cannot microwave our discipleship. Discipleship is not like popcorn. Discipleship is like building a house by hand. It is one board, one nail, one brick at a time. It is slow, and as long you live will be how long it takes.
So, when you gather in church on a Sunday morning, when you gather in small groups, or as families, when you sit down alone to read this book you need to remember that your Dad wrote it. Your Dad wrote it. He wrote it to you; He wrote it to the whole church. And he speaks.
He wants you to know what he has to say, he wants you to have assurance and to know that assurance doesn’t come by mountaintops. It comes from going to God everyday and saying, “Okay Lord, what part of the house do you want to work on today? What boards, or bricks, or nails do you have for me today?”
Mountaintops don’t last. Moses shattered the tablets of stone right after he came down from the mountain. Peter denied Jesus after the Mount of Transfiguration. And Paul still needed a thorn in his side despite having seen and spoken to the risen Jesus.
So, we’re building a house and we must build the house upon the Rock. We must go to God everyday and ask for the materials and read his word to see how it all fits together. This is God’s book and he is going to speak to us through it.