I was watching an episode of the TV show, The Newsroom, and it was interesting when one of the associate producers was upset about how a political candidate was talking about God directly speaking to her. The associate producer out of frustration proposes the question, “What does God’s voice sound like?” which then produced snickers and giggles from those around her.
I believe that God speaks to us. It may not be audible but God does speak through His Word and through the Holy Spirit. God speaks to us to reveal His character (love, faithfulness, etc.), His purposes and will, to encourage us, and to resist temptation. That’s all good and great but the question is how do we respond when God speaks. I believe there are two swings of the pendulum when it comes to our respons. When God speaks, one end is ignoring Him because you enjoy having control over your life and the other end is claiming to hear the voice of God to the point that what you hear no longer coincides with His Word.
I think the key is learning how to listen. Having a conversation with God means that when you pray to God, He listens and then you listen as He speaks. But many times it’s a one way street. We pray and talk to God and once we say, “Amen” it’s as if we pulled a drop call on God. We don’t give an ear to hear what God has to say. You don’t necessarily need to be in complete silence and alone to be able to hear God. You just need to be still and sensitive to His voice. So when God speaks, listen.