A question asked since Jeremiah's and Moses' time. In the book of Genesis, we read about God speaking to Adam as we would talk to each other. Also in the Bible we can read about God's conversations with Abraham, later with Cain, and even later, with Noah. We have read about God speaking to different people by different means like dreams, angels, burning bush, prophets and different circumstances.
I want to share with you just some from a many wonderful experiences about how God spoke to me during my spiritual journey.
Through His Word – Bible. If we truly walk on God’s Word we will hear God speaking directly to us through it.
Some years ago I had an invitation to the wedding of my friends in California. Living in Europe it was hard to decide this because I needed to get visa, and the tickets were expensive. But I had the desire to visit my friends. The night before my interview in Embassy I couldn't sleep. I had doubts about my visa and I felt bad thinking that I spent money in vain. In the morning I opened the Bible and my eyes were lead to Hebrews 4:16 (NIV) “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need”. I got peace in my heart that God holds in control all my life and desires. Some time after that I spent a wonderful summer with my friends in California.
Through Holy Spirit. When we accept Christ into our hearts as Lord and Savior of our lives, we get a gift from God - the Holy Spirit. Jesus told to his disciples: “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” (John 16:13).
Through Other People. God says that He will use His people as “instruments for special purposes” (2 Timothy 2:21). These instruments may be in the form of people through books, TV programs, and sermons.
One day the pastor called us to collect money for a family in needs. I had another plan to administrate the money from my wallet… and my heart was closed in that morning to respond. In the same day it was stolen and I had to lose much more than I could give for the good thing.
Through Life Circumstances. God often uses to communicate His extraordinary love through life’s circumstances. Did you lose a job? Flight get delayed? Are you sick? Don’t blame God but ask Him what He might be saying through it all. Paul says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who] have been called according to his purpose” (NIV, Romans 8:28).
Through Dreams and Visions. There are several points in Bible where it says that God speaks to us through visions and dreams. The skeptics can say this is not true in today’s Church.
For a long time I prayed God to use me in ministry and one day after a long walking through valley of sufferings I had a dream – I saw the martyrs who song new song to the Lord with diamond crown on them head and hearing God’s voice: "If you want be with them suffer all what I have to give you and I will bless you". Later God called me in ministry and He blessed me abundantly.
Maybe you think it happened in past with very simple people, but in such a modern world like today with sophisticated and high technology God does not talk more or maybe you think you are very educated to believe that God can talk to you. Our society tells us that if we hear voices in our head, then we must be crazy. But Moses was educated in a civilization and his training was designed to prepare him for a high office, or even the throne of Egypt. He was schooled in writing and literary ideas of that time and witnessed the administration of justice. But God spoke to him from a burning bush and Moses obeyed Him. God speaks to us directly and today. Let us hear and answer Him like Samuel “Speak, for your servant is listening”.
I will be exited to be involved in this work for God and my desires is help promote the reading and listening of God’s Word and encourage people to learn how is to hear God’s voice. Imagine a color-coded study Bible and multi-media application highlighting when God speaks to you. Operation Light Force (OLF) is a ministry devoted to equipping people to do what Jesus did, setting captives free, healing and preaching. Richard Mull is the President and Founder of OLF and the General editor of the God Speaks Bible and many other books and was featured on TV and media. Won’t you come along side this movement, hear God call your name, and help others do the same?