In the Bible, we read amazing stories of God meeting with Moses, God’s voice coming down from heaven to praise His Son, God speaking to the prophets to guide His people….. on and on. It is so easy to think of those occurrences as a thing of the past. God doesn’t do things like that any longer. We don’t hear His voice. We don’t get specific instruction from Him.
Or do we?
‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’ Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV
God says He will answer us. That is one of His promises. So why do we sometimes think He must be too busy to bother with us?
More likely, we don’t recognize when He speaks. I have often wished that God would send me a text message. I want to know His will for me. I want to follow the path He has laid out for my life. I know that God guides me. I know He uses a still, small voice in my thoughts. But I always have to wonder: is that really Him, or are those thoughts from me, and not Him? How can I know for sure?
This morning, I opened my devotional to today’s reading. The verse at the top of the page spoke to me as clear as could be. It was a text message from my Father. He hears me. He answers me. The devotion itself was not aimed at my specific situation, but the verse calmed my heart. I knew God was speaking to me.
God speaks. Our job is to pay attention and watch for Him.
For God speaks time and again, but a person may not notice it. Job 33:14 HCSB
Here are some ways God speaks to us:
- The Bible – According to 2 Timothy 3:16, all Scripture is “God-breathed.” The Bible is God’s love letter to us. His Word is alive. The same passage can be read over again, and God can use it to speak a different way each time it’s read.
- Other People – God can use any person anywhere to speak to us. It could be your pastor in the pulpit, or it could be a chance encounter with a complete stranger. It could be the practiced message of a seasoned speaker, or it could be the innocent words of a small child.
- Music – God has given everyone gifts, and some people have the amazing talent of writing music. God gives them the inspiration they need to write songs that speak to us and glorify Him.
- The Holy Spirit – When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit comes to live inside us (1 John 4:15), and He speaks to us and guides us (John 16:13). The Holy Spirit is the “still, small voice” in our heads. He is our conscience. Actually, it is through Him that we can hear God speak in any form.
These are just a few of the ways we hear from God. He can speak to us in any way He chooses. He is God, after all. Do not put Him in a box. He has no limits. He spoke in some unbelievable ways in Scripture, from a burning bush that didn’t burn (Exodus 3:2) to a donkey that spoke aloud (Numbers 22:28). There is nothing He cannot do.
When you think God is ignoring you, simply ask Him to make you aware, to open your eyes, ears, and heart to whatever message He may have for you. He does not ignore you, and He’s never too busy for you.
Please leave a comment sharing how God speaks to you.
Praying that you know God is speaking to you today,