The Father’s voice continues to echo from generation to generation. At no time has He ever stopped seeking people who will attend to what He says and live in complete obedience to His purposes. As we search the Scriptures, we find story after story of men and women who heard the Father’s voice and became conduits and agents of change. Even as sin and wickedness continued to grow in the hearts of people, the Spirit of the Lord remained constant, never accommodating in any way a lifestyle that dishonored the Father. Time and again the Father sent His servants the prophets to bring a people back into obedience to His commands. The greatest struggle was never with worldly people, but with people who had partaken of God, become set apart by Him, been deliberate and blessed by Him, yet still fell in love with the ways of the world, and made false images to represent whom they worshipped.
The stories we read in the Bible are more than just stories; they represent life in all its gritty reality, give us instruction and correction, and show us who the Father is and how much He loves us. Scripture is the blueprint to our mandate. The most beautiful thing about the Bible is that the Father by His Spirit moved men to write down what He said. And we today are the blessed benefactors to what was written, not least because of the many fine translations that are readily available. Our Father’s words comprise the most precious commodity in heaven or on earth.
Communication between the Father and man in the garden was a normal everyday occurrence. Adam and Eve became well-acquainted with the Father’s voice and were naturally drawn to Him. To hear the Father speak did not require any kind of special ability or title; God and man spoke heart to heart. In His death, Christ, the last Adam, rent the veil of separation, granting all mankind access to the Father’s voice. Today, hearing Him speak and obeying immediately is optimal. However, taking the time to write down what He says is also very meaningful. There are many times when the daily responsibilities of life can so preoccupy us that whenever we need the solution to a problem or the answer to a question, we tend to forget what we heard the Father say. He is the Alpha and Omega—the beginning and the end. He is the grand architect of all things past, present, and future. The Holy Spirit leads us into all truth. He knows all things, and we can ask Him about anything.
When we don’t take the time to write down what the Father says to us, then we likely will not take the initiative to partner with Him in what He has said. Writing His words demonstrates our seriousness in taking responsibility for what He declares to us. This is not for His own good but for ours. It assures us that we are track-aligned to our Father’s voice and serves as a guideline to help us focus on the power and authority of His words. Importantly, as we jot them down, the Father’s words to us become part of the ongoing narrative that we will tell people in our day and succeeding generations about the Father’s voice and the effect it had in our lives.