Hearing God’s Voice, part 2

God communicates because He loves us

God is thinking about us all the time.

How precious concerning me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
–Psalm 139:17 NIV

God wants to tell us what He’s thinking. God wants to speak to us personally as well as to speak to others through us.

God is not stingy with divine communication. God is speaking all the time. Are we listening?

People God spoke to in the Bible

God didn’t speak only to holy people. The Bible reveals that God spoke to everyone, saint and sinner alike.

  • Adam and Eve – Genesis 2:16
  • The serpent – Genesis 3:14
  • Cain – Genesis 4:6
  • Noah – Genesis 6:13
  • Abraham – Genesis 12:7; 21:1
  • Hagar – Genesis 16:7–13
  • King Abimelech, a heathen – Genesis 20:3
  • Rebekah – Genesis 25:23
  • Isaac – Genesis 26:2–5,24
  • Jacob – Genesis 28:13–15; 31:3; 35:1,10–12
  • Laban, a dishonest man – Genesis 31:24
  • Pharoah, a heathen – Genesis 41:1,25
  • Israel (Joseph) – Genesis 46:2–4
  • Moses – Exodus 3
  • Joshua – Joshua 1
  • Samuel – 1 Samuel 3:4–14
  • David – 1 Samuel 23:2,4; 2 Samuel 2:1; 1 Kings 8:18
  • Solomon – 1 Kings 3:5–14
  • Job – Job 38
  • Balaam, a false prophet! – Numbers 22:10–12
  • Elijah – 1 Kings 17:2–5
  • Pilate’s wife – Matthew 27:19
  • Peter – Acts 10:13–15
  • Apostle Paul – Acts 9:3–6
  • Ananias – Acts 9:10–16
  • Apostle John – The Revelation

God loves to communicate! There is no one He won’t speak to.

We must be willing to hear from God

Since Old Testament times, people—even God’s people—have refused to hear God’s voice for themselves.

Hebrews 12:25 tells us, “do not refuse him who speaks.”

Jesus promises in Revelation 3:20, “…If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in….”

Hearing God’s voice requires a response from us, which begins with a willingness to open and invite His communication and fellowship.

We must desire to hear God’s voice with all our heart.

Cultivate this until next time, when we’ll learn how God speaks today.

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