The Great Conversation:
Does God Speak to Us Today?
In Chapter 12 of Hebrews the writer knows his readers have grown faint-hearted and are faltering. The mental picture he presents is of a race in which the contestants have collapsed before the finish. They have taken their eyes off of Jesus Christ, their Savior, who is waiting to welcome them at the end. The writer explains that their faint-heartedness is due to a false reading of the situation in which they find themselves. They are thinking their hardship and struggle as Christians means that God is unconcerned or has left them without His help. They are greatly mistaken. They are not listening to God! On the contrary, the writer says in Hebrews 12:5, their hardship shows that God is unmistakably treating them as His children. He refers them to Proverbs 3:11 which addresses them exactly this way. In his commentary on Hebrews, B.F. Westcott, says of this passage that “the utterance of Scripture is treated as the voice of God conversing with men.” God has spoken to us by His Son (Hebrews 1:2) and saved us but that is not end of His conversation with us. Listen to what He tells you in this chapter!