The thing that makes us different from all God’s other creatures is our ability to communicate through abstract language. God created us in his image and since God is a God who communicates and desires fellowship with us, it makes sense that part of the image we would have is the ability to both speak to and hear from God. This is what makes relationship.
I have to think back, when and how have I heard God speak? Never have I heard an audible word but then again I can attest to clearly understanding a prompting or thought or idea that seemed to come from outside me. And even if other people were speaking, perhaps in a sermon or a conversation, it still seemed to come from even beyond them. This is how I have heard God speak.
I don’t listen for this enough; I’d like to hear from God every day, just like I’d often hear from a close friend. I know the scriptures are God’s word to us and I expect His providence to lead me to a verse that is wonderfully suited for me for a moment’s circumstance. What I long for is a conversational relationship with God, like he had with Adam, Enoch, Abraham or Moses. Whoa now, I’m not trying to become a patriarch or anything like that.
I suppose it is dangerous to openly talk about hearing voices especially from God. There won’t be any new revelations or prophecies here. But there will be new directions, new ideas for doing what God has already told me to do in his word. And perhaps some of you will unknowingly be the very physical voice I hear that will be God’s words.
John 15:15 (NKJV)
No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.
Matthew 28:20b (NKJV)
I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
Do these promises not apply to all Christians? Are they not what is meant by having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? I pray my motives for wanting to hear God are pure and not selfish. I love you Lord. I want to be led by you.