Does God still speak to people? If so, how does He do it? If not, why not? Wouldn’t we still need personal direction for issues not specifically covered in the Bible? This is a sensitive issue for some. For others, they just want to hear their Father’s voice.
Maybe “hearing God” is not the best way to describe communication from God. You obviously don’t “hear” an actual voice, although some claim to have heard it, so what do we mean when say, “I heard from God?”
In addition, what determines what issues are important enough for God to speak to us about? We assume He’ll speak to us about who we should marry, but we don’t assume He’ll speak to us about what clothes to wear to school or work tomorrow. Do we ask God about what career we should choose? Most Christians will. Do we ask him about what we should eat for lunch tomorrow? Most Christians don’t.
For most of us, we haven’t had these elaborate spiritual experiences that are granted to the select few. Most of us don’t have the opportunity to spend all of our time praying, so the likelihood that we’ll be granted a series of visions is pretty slim. Most of us do not have those experiences—at least not frequently.
So, what can we expect from God? How much does He want to communicate with us? How is He going to communicate with us? That’s some of the questions we want to address in this blog series on hearing from God.
What’s important to understand is that God did not set up the New Covenant to cater to a select few super spiritual Christians. The New Covenant is designed to make all God’s people priests and prophets, and if we can better understand some of the ways God will communicate with us, then we can begin to fulfill those divine roles in His service.
Tune in tomorrow for Part 2.