He Who Speaks to God
Some people believe that hearing God is a privilege that is only available to those have become sons in the faith. This is not true. Many of us are evidence of this when considering that he had to “speak to us” in our sin state in order for us to respond to the call of salvation.
John 6:44 CJB says, “No one can come to me unless the Father — the One who sent me — draws him. And I will raise him up on the Last Day.”
We must remember: God is limitless in his ability to speak to whomever He chooses. Either we believe he is omnipotent, or we accept the lie that he has limitations.
In scripture, God speaks to his people first and foremost through his word. We are reminded from the Old Covenant to the New Covenant that “it is written” – which serves a constant reminder that we must rely on the Word as definitive insight concerning the way and will of God. Some common ways he speaks to us includes our circumstances (both good and bad), other people, angels, our personal witness (Holy Spirit), disasters and so forth.
In Numbers 22:28 CJB we see a donkey speaking to Balaam. In reading this account in context, one of the things we can draw from it is that God is willing and ready to use anything to get our attention. What we do with what is revealed, however, is a completely different story.
One of the most memorable stories in the bible revolve around Jonah the prophet and the command he received from God to prophesy to the king of Nineveh. At that time, the city king and the people were living contrary to the will of God and were facing destruction. God sent his word to those rebellious people, and they listened – at least for a time. The king and the people repented, and God spared them. Again, the ability to “hear God” is available to all people. Who speaks to god. How do they speak to god? Is it possible? Were it not so, there would be no need for evangelism or discipleship.
A person’s ability to hear is tied first to God’s love them, and finally to their protection from eternal judgment.
2 Peter 3:9 CJB states, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some people think of slowness; on the contrary, he is patient with you; for it is not his purpose that anyone should be destroyed, but that everyone should turn from his sins.”
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