A God that speaks
Growing up in a Hindu home surrounded by hundreds of gods and goddesses, the concept of serving only one God sounded too good to be true.
For as long as I could remember, all I ever wanted was to serve one God who could talk to me. All the idols in my house sat disappointedly silent.
Fast-forward 23 years later, I was gloriously introduced to Jesus Christ, the Almighty God, my savior and king. Finally, what I had secretly longed for my entire life came true; a God who could talk to me. Then began my journey, learning and hearing his voice in my heart and obeying his promptings.
As I devoured page after page of the Bible, I discovered that this Jesus did not simply want to talk to me, but he longed to live in my heart and to develop a relationship with me. From the book of Genesis to the book of Revelation, his desire was to talk and have fellowship with mankind.
Soon after my encounter with him, he told me through his word in Jeremiah 29 that he has a plan for me, to give a future and hope. He said that when I call upon him, he will listen to me, he will communicate with me.
From Mauritius to London, England, he was right there with me. From London to Tulsa, Okla., he led me. From Tulsa to Anchorage, he guided me. He promised me that he will never leave me nor forsake me (Hebrews 13:5).
From the very first day I was introduced to him, without even realizing it, I was embarking on the most wonderful journey of my life. This journey is not a sprint but a long distance run.
His voice always remains evident and ever present. At times very strong and at times faint, but always full of love. The funny thing is that even in the midst of chaos or a storm, his voice can be unmistakable.
When I was in a fork in the road and needed direction, he was that still voice saying, “this is the way, walk in it” (Isaiah 30:21).
When I needed healing, he was that voice that says, “By my stripes you were healed” (Isaiah 53:5).
When I needed provision, he was the voice that says, “I will supply all your needs according to my riches in glory” (Philippians 4:19).
When I needed peace, he said, “Peace I leave with you” (John 14:27).
I have quickly drawn this conclusion: All that I ever need now and in the future is found only in him.
My friends, this Jesus, whom I was introduced to some 17 years ago, never changes and is still the same: yesterday, today and forever more.
His love for you is not restricted by your past, your Christian denomination, or even your love for him.
His love knows no boundaries and is unconditional. He longs to be reconciled with you, he longs to have fellowship with you — but above else — he longs to talk to you.
Are you ready to have a conversation with the king of kings and the lord of lords today?
Shannon Panthin is an associate pastor at Eagle River Church of God.