Sometimes I think it might have been easier living in the days when God was more visibly and audibly vocal.
He spoke through burning bushes. He led through a moving cloud. He sent vivid dreams and visions. Angels brought his message face-to-face. Prophecies fulfilled before your eyes. Promises made and kept in a lifetime.
May have also been a more fearful time to live. Judgments came down in this life, not just waiting for the eternal condemnation. Discretion was just as critical -- weigh the prophets to determine if they truly represented God. If His clear message still remained ignored, there was no excuse.
In the modern day, He often speaks more quietly. A sermon, a picture, a verse or part of a verse, wise advice, a book, even through a child. I miss it if I'm not listening. But, Malachi 3:6 reminds me, "I the LORD do not change."
All those age-old promises still hold true. His hatred of sin stands as strong as ever. His love for His followers flows just as deeply. His desire for obedience remains unchanged.
Human nature is much the same as well. We still doubt, rebel, disobey, forget, worry, ignore, and continue in our own way.
He still forgives, listens, comforts, loves, responds, teaches, disciplines, leads, heals, and remains forever in control.
Am I really listening? He's still talking.
I the LORD do not change.