Updated: Jan 5
The Bible is filled with many occasions where God spoke to His servants. But does He still speak today? And furthermore, how does one know that God is speaking to him? Is His voice audible, or is it all in one's head?
What we should notice in the Old Testament is that God primarily spoke to Israel through His chosen servants. He would engage them, sanctify them, and then use them to communicate on His behalf. Why? Primarily because when He showed up, that which was sinful could not remain in His presence (Exodus 19:1-13, Psalm 5:4). So it actually was an act of grace to put a mediator in between man and God until man could be declared perpetually holy.
In the Gospels, Jesus was a "once and for all" (Hebrews 9:15 & 10:10) mediator between man and God. His shed blood exonerated man and made it possible for man to be near to God without fear of condemnation. (Romans 8:1, Hebrews 4:26).
So in the book of Acts, which really begins the New Testament, there is no more need for someone to speak on God's behalf. Because of Jesus' finished work on the Cross, now the Spirit of God can dwell within the heart of man, and man and God can commune with one another in Spirit. This began on the Day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit fell (Acts 2). From that point on, the Spirit of God spoke His Word directly to the spirit of His servants. An audible voice wasn't necessary, because the voice now lived within the heart of man. This voice spoke and led by the Word that was already written.
And He still continues today! There have many revivals since the Bible days where God has continued to pour out His Spirit on those who had faith to believe ~The Great Awakenings, the India Revival, the Azusa Street Revival, the Revivals in China, etc. All over the world, cultures and countries have discovered the reality of God. Millions have been filled with the Spirit of God, and have learned His voice by studying His Word (John 10:27), and you can be next if you are willing.
So the answer is yes, God still speaks. He is our Heavenly Father, who desires to be with His creation. Thus, He is always moving towards a relationship with man, is always moving man toward a relationship with Him through Christ. If this is true, then why should we expect God to be silent. No, God desires intimacy with those who have submitted to His will. He wants us to learn His ways, His power, His will, His Word, and His voice. That is why He has given us His Word to read, so that by it we will know His voice from that of an imposter.
Here Jesus words here, "But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you.”
May the the Spirit of the Lord speak volumes to you the next time you open your Bible to learn of Him. Much Love!
Here are some more scriptures to help you hear His voice pha' real!!! John 14:26, Acts 1:8, Romans 8:1-13, 1 Corinthians 6:19, Colossians 1:9