Beyond the scripture, does God still speak in clear impressions, and audible words like He does in the stories we read in the bible? If you are a serious believer, you have probably wondered about this.
If we are to believe the bible at all, then the answer to this question is yes. God makes it abundantly clear for instance that in the latter days, He will pour out His Spirit on all flesh, and we know that when He the Spirit of truth shall come, He will lead us into all truth. So, without doubt, God leads even today.
The resulting question will then be, “how come I don’t seem to hear Him at all?”
The heart of the problem
The biggest hindrance to hearing God is probably the condition of the believer’s heart. The Lord accuses us of drawing near to him with our lips although our hearts are far from him (Is 29:13). Think about your walk with the Lord; your prayer life; is it really heartfelt? The thing is, it is with our hearts that we receive God’s words and when our hearts are far, we are unable to receive his words.
God communicates preferably in the context of friendship. You will find in scripture that the people with whom He spoke very often, He also called His friends. It is written of Moses for instance that God spoke with him face to face as with a friend (Exodus 33:11).
So would you describe yourself as a friend of God? I do not mean in the theological- correctness of claiming the riches of His grace; I mean in the practical, daily working out of that reality. Is God your friend in the sense of someone you spend time with, trust completely and will sacrifice anything for?
David talking of how he longed for the presence of God invoked the image of a deer panting for the water brook. He also wrote, “A day in thy courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.” (Psalm 84:10)
Job talking of trust said, “though He slay me, yet will I wait for, and trust Him” (Job 13:15).
“But whatever former things I had that might have been gains to me, I have come to consider as loss for Christ’s sake” declared Paul the Apostle, and then went on to say;
Yes, furthermore, I count everything as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege (the overwhelming preciousness, the surpassing worth, and supreme advantage) of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord and of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him [of perceiving and recognizing and understanding Him more fully and clearly]. For His sake, I have lost everything and consider it all to be mere rubbish (refuse, dregs), in order that I may win (gain) Christ (The Anointed one). Philippians 3:8 AMPC
Do you long for time with Him like David did? Do you completely trust Him as Job did even when it made zero sense to continue trusting? Are you willing like Paul, to sacrifice and throw everything away (if that’s what is required) in exchange for gaining/retaining His friendship?
If you cannot answer in the affirmative to all these, do you honestly believe that you are putting enough into cultivating the sort of friendship with God that makes hearing Him a normal part of your daily life?