In the Bible and, for that matter, in many other history books we read of men to whom God spoke. For example, Abraham and Moses, John and Paul and many others. The question arises, does God speak to people today? In the book of Hebrews we read, "In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets many times and in many different ways. But now in these last days God has spoken to us through his Son." (Chapter 1:1) This tells us that God still speaks to us today. This is not surprising for those who know the Bible because its major theme is that God's purpose in creating men in the first place was to have fellowship with Him and communication is essential to fellowship.
God knows every human language and dialect. He also knows the language of beasts and animals. God spoke to the fish that swallowed Jonah and the fish understood and vomited Jonah up on dry land. God does not always speak by verbal communication although He does that also. Among other ways, He may speak to us is through circumstances and other people. The emphasis in this verse however, is that God has specifically spoken to us in these days in the life and teaching of His beloved Son, Jesus Christ.
Furthermore, if the Creator of the Universe wants to speak to us we can be sure it is not about trivial matters. So what is it that He wants to speak to us about? A verse in Jeremiah 29:11-12 best sums up it up. "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord." In other words, God wants to explain in greater detail the special plans He has for each of our lives. He has short range plans and long range plans, but the whole purpose of His plans is to bless and enrich our lives.
The key to personally hearing from God is to first give attention to what He has said through His Son Jesus Christ in the Gospel, and believe and obey it. This is no mystery or secret. The gospel has been published in every language known to man and preached in Christian churches in almost every community in America.
The best part is that if we are interested enough to first listen to what God has said and respond positively to the message of the gospel, God has promised that He will listen to us in our times of fear, stress, or trouble, when we really want to speak to Him.
Pastor Gene Holman of Living Word Fellowship in Gardnerville is a member of Carson Valley Ministers' Association.