Does God talk to us?
Many people today claim that God speaks to them audibly.
When I first became a Christian, I once heard a voice speaking to me—and it wasn’t coming from outside of me. It was in my mind. It was different from a thought; it sounded to me like a distinct voice. I wasn’t asking for it. I wasn’t praying for God to talk to me, but I heard something.
One of the troubling things about hearing a voice like this was that I wasn’t sure who exactly was speaking to me.
Was it God? If it was, why was what he said so short and confusing? If this message was so important to deliver to me, couldn’t it have been more direct?
Was it the devil? If it was, was he trying to lead me astray? I had no way to validate what this voice was, or whose it was. Maybe I was losing my mind.
To this day I’m still not sure what to make of this experience, and I don’t think it really matters. I say this because I know where God speaks to us, and I know exactly what he has said.
Do you want to know where and how God speaks to us?
Do you want to hear him speak to you?
If you do, open up the Bible. God speaks today through the Bible.
From Genesis to Revelation, God proclaims his son Jesus on every page. Even though God speaks to us in the Bible, God speaks to us even more directly each Sunday through the preaching of his Word. When we gather in the public assembly of God’s church each week, God confronts and comforts us.
He speaks to us in both law and gospel, telling us the bad news, that none of us can keep his law, and the good news, that he sent Jesus to keep it for us.
So what should you do the next time you want to hear God’s voice? Pick up the Bible and read it, and attend church on Sunday. There, emerging from the pages of the Bible is Jesus—God’s son crucified for you.