My eight-year-old brain was yearning, almost to the point of frustration. I had heard my teachers at church and Vacation Bible School and even my pastor from the pulpit read stories from the Bible where God spoke directly to people. As I read along in my paperback children’s Bible, I saw the quotation marks right there in black and white. God was speaking to these people—people just like you and me—in full sentences!
I remember praying to God and pleading with Him to speak to me like that. I had never heard Him give me any direct orders. I mean all throughout the scriptures, He had given very specific instructions to the people He loved. Instructions like, “Jonah, go to Ninevah” or “Joseph, marry Mary” or how about all those measurements for Noah’s ark?!
Throughout the years I realized that I needed to listen to the instructions that He had written in His word, even the ones that a kid wants to ignore. You know, the old standby that was drilled into us church kids: “Children obey your parents in the Lord.” Or the one that I would repeat over and over while trying to fall asleep during an ominous storm: “You will keep me in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.”
Today in the world, it is not politically correct to say that you have heard God speak. The naysayers taunt, You are telling me that God has actually spoken to you? They roll their eyes as if you should be put away in the loony bin. I’m not saying that I have ever audibly heard His voice, but I am saying that as followers of Jesus, we should daily be in touch with what He is saying concerning every situation in our lives. The number one way He speaks, guides, and leads us is through His written Word. As we spend time reading and mediating on the precious pages of our Bibles, our minds are actually renewed and receptive to His outlook on our lives and for that day (Romans 12:2).
Our Bible tells us that God never changes, that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He spoke directly to His children in sentences, and He still does now. I’ve never heard His voice in a burning bush, but I have felt Him speaking to me directly on specific decisions and instructions.
Not only does His voice guide us through His written Word, but He is still speaking in dreams and visions. As the world is getting darker, it is imperative that God’s children are listening to His voice, the voice that directs, warns, comforts, and instructs. Jesus said in John 10:27, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me.” What a privilege and an honor that the God of the universe is speaking. Have you heard Him today? He is whispering, “I love you.”