How can I hear God speak to me?
The author of Hebrews tells us that “in the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways” (Heb. 1:1). In the past, God spoke to people through visions, dreams, audible voices, and even angelic messengers. While I would be reluctant to say that these methods of communication are not possible today, we must be careful before ascribing any such voices to God.
One way we can be certain God speaks to us today is through the Bible, God’s Word. The Lord Jesus said, “Whoever belongs to God hears what God says” (John 8:47). We must read the Bible with open and responsive hearts to grasp the truths God is telling us. I have found it helpful, when reading the Bible, to look for the plain meaning in context. I put on my SPECS, asking, Does this passage have a: Sin to avoid, Promise to claim, Example to follow, Command to obey, or Statement of truth?
In 1972, when my friend Larry became a Jesus follower, he wondered how God would speak to him. A friend told him God would speak through the Bible. That day Larry resolved to read the Scriptures every day. And now, 50 years later, he has not missed one day! I agree with the advice Larry would give: If I want to hear God speak to me, I must determine to listen to His voice by reading His Word, every day!