“Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk in it, Whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.” Isaiah 30:21.
Yes. God still speaks to us. The same God who spoke to Noah and told him to build an ark, the same God who spoke to Abraham and told him to leave his father’s house, the same God who told the 12 disciples to follow Him, the same God who asked Paul why he was persecuting Him? that same God through His Son Jesus Christ speaks to us today. The question however is are we listening to His voice? Now more than ever we desperately need to hear His voice and know His will for our lives.
God can speak to us however and whichever way it pleases Him, it ultimately depends on how He wants to communicate and make His will known to that Child of His. Nonetheless here are three primary ways God speaks to us today:
- Through His Word – The Bible:
The Bible is called God’s Word. I like how Uncle Angus Buchan, the South African preacher puts it – “The Bible is God in Print”.
So the primary means of God’s communication to His children is the Bible. The Bible has many promises, consequences, commandments, instructions, directly from God. It has many stories and testimonies for us to learn from, so as to not repeat the mistakes and sins committed by even great men and women of Faith.
The Bible is our “Daily Bread”, it is our Heavenly Manna, it is the Bread of Life. Read it daily, to know the mind of Christ, the Heart of God and the power of the Gospel.
- Through His Holy Spirit:
Jesus told His disciples before ascending to Heaven that He will send them the Helper, that Helper is the Holy Spirit. The same Helper is in us, i.e. in those who have put their trust and faith in God’s begotten Son – Jesus Christ, for their Salvation, to escape the wrath of God and to receive His forgiveness and everlasting life. This Holy Spirit of God will give us peace in times of storm, it will guide you and help you to take wise decisions and give you the perfect peace and joy before you take a decision in life. He will also convict you if you are heading outside the Will of God. Be still and know that He is God.
- Through your Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
Do not go to your brothers or sisters in Christ immediately after you face challenges or in case you need an advice… Jesus, must always be the first Person you go to in Prayer and through the meditation of His Word (reading the Bible). It could be that God will send a brother or sister in Christ to you with a Word of advice. Or after spending time in prayer, you may feel the need to speak to a brother or sister, to know their view about a particular situation. I remember (before receiving Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour) when I was reading and praying without ceasing, to know the truth, to get some peace, to know that there is hope for my future… When I was completely cast down, God sent a brother in Christ (my childhood friend), to share that message of Hope, the message of Everlasting Life in Christ Jesus, and that is when I decided to follow Jesus and stopped listening to other gloomy voices in my head.
Our ultimate purpose in life is to Glorify God. So let us spend more time in prayer, meditating on His Word and following the guidance of His Holy Spirit to remain in the perfect will of God.