Genesis 35:11-15: God talks

11 And God said to him, ‘I am God Almighty; be fruitful and increase in number. A nation and a community of nations will come from you, and kings will be among your descendants. 12 The land I gave to Abraham and Isaac I also give to you, and I will give this land to your descendants after you.’ 13 Then God went up from him at the place where he had talked with him.14 Jacob set up a stone pillar at the place where God had talked with him, and he poured out a drink offering on it; he also poured oil on it. 15 Jacob called the place where God had talked with him Bethel.” NIV

It is a precious thing to make time each day to speak with God. Selwyn Hughes observed that if we want to meet the Lord everywhere we must meet Him somewhere, and if we want to find Him all the time we must find Him some time. That’s a point well made.

But I would add that it is even more wonderful when God talks to you (13,15). As I have got older, I have found it essential (for me) to begin the day with a time of silence. It isn’t a long period – not as long as I might like it to be. But I get out of bed, make a cup of tea, sit in a familiar chair and say, ‘Speak Lord in the stillness, while I wait on you’, (or something similar). Please understand, I’m not trying to make my pattern a template for anyone else. I do, though, want to emphasis the importance of listening to God.

 ‘There is hardly ever a complete silence in our soul. God is whispering to us wellnigh incessantly. Whenever the sounds of the world die out in the soul, or sink low, then we hear these whisperings of God. He is always whispering to us, only we do not always hear, because of the noise, hurry, and distraction which life causes as it rushes on.’ F.W.Faber.