Hebrews 1 (KJV)
1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
How does God speak to us? A better question was asked of me one day: how do we know that it is God speaking to me?
When we look back into the history of God’s people they had a hard time knowing it was God who spoke. Eve had heard the instructions of God in the garden and yet listened to the voice of Satan. Listening to the voice of Satan is why the world is in the mess it is today. Adam and Eve disobeyed God, brought sin into the world, and were removed from the garden of Eden. For by one man sin entered into the world.
God continued to speak openly with people and they continually listened to another voice. God sent the flood that covered the entire earth but that did not stop the other voices from being heard.
God sent the prophets, if people listened to them, God blessed the people. All too often the nations did not listen to the prophets but rejected them, and their message. The people have gone as far as to tell God that they could no longer listen to him but asked for someone that God could speak to them through. They still listened to another voice.
One of the problems may have been in their thinking of how God could relate to them. God lived up in heaven, far removed from his people on earth. How could he reach us when we could not reach him? They had placed God for from their reach. The voice they could listen to was right there beside them. With their limited understanding the voice made perfect logic, so they followed that voice. This voice sounded so much like God at times. It brought out the good in everything. It was good to be like everyone else. It was good to take what you wanted. It was good to have it your way. But this voice brought division between people, it brought wars, it brought destruction to every facet of life. But the most devastating thing it brought was the separation between man and God, the creator of all things the sustainer of all things and the created.
How do we know if it is God who is speaking to us?
The first step is to realize that the Holy Spirit is drawing you to God. If the voice you hear is telling you to avoid God and his people it is not God speaking. Even when you have done something wrong God is calling you to come to him. We have all sinned and come short of the glory of God, and yet he calls us to come to him. He calls us to repent of our sins, and he is willing and able to forgive us of our sins.
How do we know it is God voice we hear? We need to know who he is. We no longer have the prophets to speak to us but we do have Jesus. He is the very image of the father, he said that he and the father are one. God the father said this is my son listen to him. Jesus came as a child, grew to manhood just as all of us have had to. Jesus did not do away with the law but came to write it them onto our hearts. As the Holy Spirit abides in us he will remind us of those laws when we start to listen to the other voice. Does that voice we hear match up with the scripture?
How do we know that it is God who is speaking? Sometimes we just need to have faith that it is him. We may have to trust that what we hear is his voice, as time will tell. Often that voice we hear sounds so much like God, but it is not. When that happens we need to return to God and ask for his forgiveness. As we grow in our faith it will become easier to know the difference between the two voices, and the Holy Spirit will also guild us toward the true voice of God.
May you always hear God’s voice, and never shy away from him.