I think that God does interact with us the way he did during biblical times, but we don’t interact with him the same way anymore. There are many reasons for this. For one, our world has gotten louder, busier and more distracting, so we aren’t able to hear God — and we are not practiced in being still and listening for God’s revelation.
Also, science and technology have explained away many of the miracles of God. In our attempt to prove or disprove these miracles, we shot ourselves in the foot. Stripping away the majesty and power of what God does every day has caused us to see these miracles as mundane — thus, we have stopped looking for him.
We are surrounded by people who have been given the gift of prophecy still to this day, but they’re just written off as crazy and completely ignored. Lily Tomlin once said, “Why is it that when we talk to God we’re said to be praying, but when God talks to us we’re schizophrenic?”
Our expectations of God have changed, so we aren’t seeing or hearing God in the same way. We expect miracles to be an answer to our own prayers, when in the Bible the purpose of each miracle was to promote the will, grace, glory and power of God.
If we are hoping for a God who talks to us, we need to look more closely at ourselves — not at the God who has never changed and is always here in our midst, still speaking, just as he always has.
Rev. Laura Hutchinson, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Our capacity for joy, love is overwhelming
I can imagine there are many reasons why God does not interact with us today as he did during the time covered by the Bible. Isaiah 55:8 says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways saith the Lord.”
I believe God wants us to trust him and believe that he will come again as he says in the 14th chapter of John. While he is not here physically, he interacts with us through the Holy Spirit that he promised would be with us until he returns.
God talks to us daily and he directs and guides us daily through the Holy Spirit that dwells in us. He still speaks to those of us who listen in visions and dreams. He interacts when he heals our bodies and performs miracles in our lives. He interacts when he answers our prayers and when he does not answer our prayers.
Only God knows why he chose not to come to Earth and live among us. I have often imagined what it would be like to know God and interact with him as they did in biblical times. Men are just as sinful and disobedient today as they were when he decided to send his son into the world. We still experience his wrath and his mercy.
Alberta McCrory, Gaines Chapel AME Church, Anniston