In his book When I’m Longing for God, Dan Stuecher tells a touching story about the great composer Beethoven. The music man never married but was in love with a woman scholars have spent years trying to identify, a woman Beethoven called his “Immortal Beloved.”
When he was forty-two years old, Beethoven penned a letter of affection to her. “Oh, why must one be separated from her who is so dear?” he wrote. “However much you love me—my love for you is even greater.” After his death, the letter was found in a bureau belonging to Beethoven, undated and unaddressed.
Some people have wondered if the woman ever knew how valuable she was to Beethoven because of this secret, undelivered note. Can you imagine being the recipient of such a love letter and never reading it?
A few times over the years, I have heard someone say God doesn’t speak to them through Scripture. One man told me, “I just don’t hear His voice through the Bible. I hear from Him in other ways, like through signs.”
When I hear something like this, I want to sit down and cry because the person is totally missing out on such beauty, joy, love and hope! The Word is His voice! It’s His love letter to us—the greatest love letter ever written. Tragically, Life itself is sometimes forgotten in a drawer. True love denied. Wisdom ignored. I do wonder where some people have gotten the idea God isn’t really speaking unless He speaks “supernaturally,” for example through a miracle, a vision, or a dream.
Early in my Christian walk, I had a hard time believing the Lord was with me unless I felt as if He was. I thought I had to sense His presence to know I heard him. When I sat to read the Bible, I was often bored. I even went through a time of feeling like there was nothing exciting in it. Now I look back and think, Whoa! You were so wrong. Scripture is a never-ending well of refreshment and truth.
God speaks through His Word and through it He invites us to find Him. And in the finding, we may not always experience emotional fireworks, but our minds will be quietly and gradually transformed from glory to glory, which means we’ll have more wisdom to live life well.
God speaks lots of ways, but the primary way He speaks is through His Word. It’s powerful! It’s life-changing. It’s refreshing for a thirsty soul.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” so that we can be equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16)