The concept of God speaking to humans is something that has become like an enigma. When people garnish their words with—God said….and others look at them weird like—yeah right! God spoke to you and I am the president of the United States. It’s crazy, it seems strange that this God of the universe, the Almighty God, the one who created you and me, would stoop so low and speak to mere creatures like us! Certainly not!
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Well if you are of this mindset and you are a Christian who has never heard God speak, then you are missing out on a whole lot in your walk with God. Now when God created Adam and Eve, He gave them instructions about what to do while in the garden, and when they slipped up He spoke directly to them (Genesis 3:9).
Because of the sin of disobedience Adam and Eve committed, that created a divide in the relationship God and man had. But still, that didn’t stop Him from speaking. Further down in the book, after they had given birth to Cain and Abel; when Cain had murdered his brother in Genesis 4:9, God asked him directly where his brother was. He didn’t ask him through a pastor or a prophet. He spoke to Cain directly and Cain responded with this popular line—“I don’t know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”
God continues speaking…
More time passed and God continued talking (yes! He loves to speak). He spoke to Moses when he first encountered His presence at the burning bush (Exodus 3:4) and on many other occasions. Exodus 19:19 says—“And when the blast of the trumpet sounded long and became louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by voice.” In fact, the bible says—God spoke to Moses face to face as one does to his friend (Exodus 33:11).
Now during the time of Moses, because the children of Israel were stubborn, they became fearful of God and asked that Moses interfaced with God on their behalf.
“Now all the people witnessed the thunderings, the lightning flashes, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood afar off. Then they said to Moses; “you speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.””
I believe that was when God began to speak through prophets to His people. But that is not the only way God speaks. As a Christian, you can still hear His voice today. Hebrews 3:15 says—“Today if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” This passage shows that God is always speaking but we tend to harden our hearts. God relates to each human differently in the uniqueness of the relationship we have with Him.
God speaks to me
For me, I think the first time I heard His voice in my spirit was in 2013. God usually speaks to me through dreams and also while I’m asleep (not dreaming) I hear His voice in my spirit. So 2013 was the first time I had experienced that, and He said to me—“He who watches over Israel neither slumber nor sleeps.” Immediately I woke up! Prior to that, I had never heard those words, so I searched for them on Google. Psalm 121 popped up and I proceeded to read the entire thing. It was such a great word from God, packed with promises of protection.
You know when He said—He who watches over Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. I wondered—how does this pertain to me, I no be Israelite now, so how this one take consine me? (No offense Israel). But as I read the entire passage, I found out that the sentence preceding what He said was—He who keeps you or watches over you shall neither slumber nor sleep. So the promise wasn’t for the Israeli people alone.
From that day forward, that scripture became my anchor. The funny thing was that at the time, I wasn’t really living my life in full dedication to Him, but He still spoke to me and with comforting words. That just goes to show how loving God is. Over the years, I have heard countless things, which I have written down; some have come to pass and the others are yet to happen.
As for the dreams, since I was a little girl I have always had dreams. I remember telling my mother about one of them when I was about five or six, and she was in shock. In fact, the language I used amazed her, she wondered how a five-year-old could use such language, but that was how I had heard it in the dream. She asked me to tell her in detail what the dream was all about which I did. Although she never opened up to me, I am sure what I told her was the truth, and she made the necessary adjustments for that not to happen.
Moving on to 2009, I was telling a friend about a dream I had concerning her and in a couple of days, the dream came to pass. Then she pointed out to me that anytime I have a dream concerning unique issues, it always comes to pass! That was when I started paying close attention. And honestly, it deepened my trust in God, because I knew I had come into a level of friendship with Him, where He did not keep matters which concerned me and those close to me, away from me.
I like to think we have the relationship He and Abraham had because on one occasion God said (Genesis 18:17)—“Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing, since Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed by him?” Then God went ahead in verse 20 and revealed what He was about to do to Sodom and Gomorrah.
Because of the relationship they had and God being unable to keep such a secret from someone He considered a friend, He opened up to him, and Abraham was able to intercede on the behalf of his family that lived in Sodom at the time. So it is very important that we hear from God because we never know who might be saved because of that bond built between us and God.
God speaks to everyone uniquely
God speaks through various mediums. It could be through signs and wonders, dreams; you might hear His audible voice or a gentle one in your spirit. He speaks constantly through his word; He can speak through your pastors, prophets, apostles and even through your friends. But here is the kicker—God speaking through external channels exclusive of the bible, should only be a confirmation of what He has been telling you, either through His voice, His Spirit or His word.
In fact, he can speak a thing to you, and then confirm it in His word. Then you go to church and hear your pastor say the same things, and then you know that it is God.
In the past when I attended church services where pastors prayed for people and God gave them a word, I was always excited about those because I wanted to hear what God had to say about me. But it got to a season when they usually said nothing and it hurt my heart. I had to come to a realization that I could hear from God myself. And started looking forward to those times when He would speak personally to me. Most times before going to bed, I pray—God speak to me tonight, I want to hear your voice.
Now I don’t really bother with prophecy coming from others, because of the relationship we have. I know God will speak to me about what He wants to, and if I am veering off for some reason, then He can speak through someone else to get my attention. I have also noticed that here in Nigeria, we lay a lot of emphasis on God speaking through prophets or men of God. We spend time and money trying to get to these people just to get a word from God.
Meanwhile, Christ is right there with you. Yes, our sin brought about a separation, in fact, that separation wasn’t meant to be (as it pertains to communication), but the children of Israel were so scared of God, that they wanted to go through Moses. Of course, Moses couldn’t do the job by himself, so God had to raise other prophets. Because of that many false prophets arose, leading people astray. (See the book of Jeremiah).
God wants to hear from you
If that kink in communication happened immediately after Adam sinned, God wouldn’t have spoken to Cain or Abraham or Noah… and the rest of them until Moses. Fear also had a crucial part to play. Christ had to come to do away with that fear, but still, we feel unworthy to approach Him. Hebrews 4:16 says we should come boldly to the throne of grace and receive the help you need in the time of trouble. That door is open! You don’t have to go through 100 people and 10,000 processes to get to God; you don’t even have to go through one! God is right there with you. Speak to Him! Jeremiah 33:3 says—call to me and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things which you do not know.”
God is still in the business of speaking to His people, in fact, in my opinion, He is very opinionated. He has a word for everything, only if we seek him and do so with all our hearts!
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About The Author: Evi Idoghor is a Christian, writer, and content creator on Letstalknationblog.com. She is a chemical engineering graduate from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Consumed by her love for writing and desire to effect change, she launched her online platform––Let’s Talk Nation––to tap into her creativity and start meaningful conversations that would make a difference around the world.
Most of her writing has been influenced by her time spent in America, where she lived for about 11 years. Also, she lived in Nigeria and South Korea and currently loves traveling the world while learning about other fascinating cultures. You can find her on all social media platforms with @eviidoghor.