“Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.”
Any person who desires to please God also has a great desire to know when God speaks to them. One of the greatest illustrations of this in the Scriptures is when Samuel was just a boy and God spoke to him at night. Though he didn’t understand God speaking to him, through the guidance of Eli he was able to know God’s voice in his life and know what God wanted him to do. If you have a heart that is tender towards the LORD, there is little doubt in my mind that you will want to know how God speaks to you. Fortunately, the Scriptures show us how He speaks. Let me share with you several ways that God speaks to you.
First, He speaks through His Word. Hebrews 1:2 says, “Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son…” Jesus is known as the Word of God in John 1; therefore, you would be wise to spend time in the Word of God if you want to know God’s voice in your life. Let me also point out that in every manner that God chooses to speak to you that what He says will never contradict His Word. Therefore, you can be assured that it is not God speaking to you if what you think is God speaking to you contradicts His Word.
Second, He speaks through His preachers. Hebrews 1:1 tells us that God spoke by the prophets. The prophets were the preachers of their day, and your pastor is God’s messenger to you. If you want to know what God is saying to you, you would be wise to listen to the preaching and counseling of your pastor.
Third, He speaks through leaders of the past. Hebrews 2:3 teaches us that the word that was spoken by the LORD “was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;” Never underestimate the importance of reading and listening to the preachers of the past whom God used. The truths they taught in their time are still relevant for your life today because truth is always relevant.
Fourth, He speaks to us through His authorities. Romans 13 teaches us that the authorities that God has placed in your lives are His ministers. My friend, your authorities may not be perfect, but they are God’s minister to you, and you would be wise to listen to them when they try to guide you in truth.
Fifth, He speaks to us through His Holy Spirit. Hebrews 2:4 shows us that His Holy Spirit bears witness to the believer. You will find that the Holy Ghost will often speak to you in your heart, and you will always know that it is His Spirit if it doesn’t contradict His Word.
These five ways are how God chooses to speak to you; however, two warnings I want to give to you about God speaking to you. First, be sure to pay attention. The verse above says that “we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.” My friend, don’t be flippant about what God says to you. Listen intently and give your full attention to each of these areas where God chooses to speak to you so you don’t miss one thing that He wants you to do.
Second, let what God says to you strengthen your faith. Hebrews 4:2 says that God’s Word will not profit if it is not “mixed with faith.” God speaks to you to strengthen your faith in Him and in what He wants to do through you. Your faith will continually grow if you will listen to what God says.