“The Lord, the God of their fathers, sent persistently to them by his messengers, because he had compassion on his people and on his dwelling place. But they kept mocking the messengers of God, despising his words and scoffing at his prophets…” (2 Chronicles 36:15-16).
Who are God’s messengers in your life? This is one of the aspects of our spiritual journey with which we struggle the most. As with most people, you probably wish that God would clearly and without any apparent ambiguity speak to you on a daily basis. Many Christians believe that the Spirit of God is continually speaking to them and feel at lost when they have no word from God. On the other hand, there are Christians who doubt that God speaks to us on a regular basis.
The passage for today confirms that God has messengers who clearly communicate His will for our lives. These messengers manifest and express themselves through countless ways and situations in our daily activities. God’s message for us comes through conventional and unconventional means—through a friend, a pastor, or like in the Old Testament story, through a donkey.
There two important things we must be vigilant about. First, there will be counterfeit messages and messengers; don’t forget that a snake also spoke to our first parents. Second, and more importantly, when God speaks to us, we must receive his word with respect. If we have heard the voice of the Spirit deep within us, we can’t go wrong by following His lead, regardless of the consequences.