God speaks through Parables, Metaphors and Analogies

God is speaking to us in many ways every day. Today we will look at just 3 ways He communicates with us:

Parables–short stories that are used to teach a truth. For example, the parable of the lost coin in Luke 15:8-9:

Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’

Metaphors–Something used to represent something else. For example, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God. God isn’t literally a fortress, but when we say that He is a mighty fortress, this phrase conjures up in our minds something big, safe and strong that we can run to and be safe. That’s a pretty good picture of who God is. Other metaphors would be that God is the potter and I am the clay or the Lord is my shepherd and Jesus Himself said that “I am the light of the world.” What other metaphors can you think of?

Analogies–Similarities between things. Luke 13:18-19 Jesus compares the kingdom of heaven to a mustard seed

He said therefore, “what is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? It is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden, and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.

Matthew 7:24-25 tells us that everyone who hears and does what Jesus says will be like a wise man . . .

who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.

The reason for this blog is right there in Matthew 7:24-25: so that when the rain falls, the floods come, and the winds blow and beat on you, that you do not fall because you have been built your inner house on the rock of Jesus Christ.

This series of posts are part of a series of lessons titled: Selah: In the Beginning,

סֶלֶה Selah: Pause and calmly think of that. The actual translation is unknown. The word selah occurs 71 times in 39 Psalms and 3 times in Habakkuk for a grand total of 74 times in the Hebrew Bible.

Psalm 66:4, All the earth will worship You, and will sing praises to You; they will sing praises to Your name. Selah.

A challenge for you this week is to think about becoming God’s Fingerprint detective–to understand some of the ways that the earth worships God, and sings praises to Him. We will explore some ways in the weeks ahead. Until next time, may God be gracious to you and bless you, and cause His face to shine upon you–Selah (Ps 67:1).

Cindy
God’s Fingerprint Detective