Those of her friends who expressed their opinions were split. Half wanted her to go on the mission trip, the others said she should stay home and work to support her parents. Brandi was torn.
She just wished God would speak to her directly.
The cry of Brandi’s heart could be summed up with this one question:
Actually, today’s blog post is about busting a myth. God does speak to us, but perhaps our preconceived ideas about how He should speak to us get in the way of our hearing. We live in a society where we communicate primarily through speaking and writing. Then we carry this expectation over to God.
It certainly isn’t beyond God’s ability to speak to us audibly. He’s done it in the past and He can do it again if it suits His purpose. But generally, that’s not how He chooses to communicate to us. Instead…
God speaks through His Word
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Call it the Bible, Scripture or the Word of God; He has communicated so much to us through this book. I mean, really… Have you seen how thick it is? Perhaps the sheer size of the Bible is exactly what puts you off reading it. But instead of thinking about it that way, remember that you have your whole life to take it all in.
God Speaks through His Holy Spirit
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
If you are a child of God, then you have the Holy Spirit living inside you. God sent Him to you as another means of communication. The verse above tells us that the Holy Spirit will not speak on his own, but that He will only speak what he hears – that is what he hears from God the Father. Have you ever felt bad in your conscience? That’s the Holy Spirit letting you know that there’s something wrong. He also speaks to you by guiding your thoughts as you read the Bible.
God speaks through science and the natural world
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
It’s incredible how much awe God’s creation will inspire in you if you take the time to let it. Sunrises, thunderstorms, butterfly wings and constellations all declare the same message: there is a Creator and He has done a marvellous job. One of Dr. Carl Werner classmates challenged him to prove evolution. Believing it was already proven anyway, he set off on a journey that would last decades. But the more he sought to prove it, the more he realized that there must be an Intelligent Designer after all.
God Speaks through other believers
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
When God speaks to your and to your believing friends, you have the mutual privilege of sharing with each other what He’s teaching you. He speaks to different people about different things depending on the season of life that they’re in. You can learn things from God through other believers who have already passed through the road that you’re walking on now.
Four ways that God frequently speaks to us today: through His Word, through His Holy Spirit, through His creation and through His children. On that note, let me leave you with some links for deeper digging:
For more on:
- How to enrich your Bible-reading times: I have an old post that might be of interest to you.
- Dr. Carl Werner’s story and discoveries of how creation declares God’s design: He’s written two great quality books (here and here). They’re easy to understand and enlightening, and the information is accompanied by excellent quality photos.
What are you thinking? What’s on your mind?
- Are there other ways that God speaks to us?
- Can you recognize a specific time in your life when God spoke to you?
- If you could hear an audible response from God, what would it be?