It should interest you that God loves to talk to humans. He spoke with Enoch to the extent that He had to take Enoch without Enoch seeing death (Genesis 5:24). God speaks His plans to humans just as He could not keep away from Abraham what He wanted to do to Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 18). The question now is, “how does God speak to us”?
You may have been a Christian and yet think you have not heard from God. He must have spoken to you here and there but you may not know that He is the one speaking to you. Psalm 119:105 tells us that,
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path”.
God speaks to us through His Word. The word of God is the scriptures just as Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 8:3 “…that man doth not live by bread only…” when He was tempted of the devil after His baptism (Matthew 4:1 – 11). The word of God gives direction and guidance unto everyone that studies it unto life. Have you had a challenge before and the Word of God came to you giving direction? That’s what I am talking about. Even as you study the Bible, answers to issues of life are received. Thus, God speaks to us through His word which becomes our standard; directing our steps in every sphere of life (Proverbs 6:23). Also, His Word gives enlightenment to your eyes which makes you see things the way God wants you to see them (Psalm 19:8).
Through dreams God speaks to us by showing us what we need to know. Joel 2:28 says,
“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions”
The above verse mentions that old men shall dream dreams, nevertheless, if you are a youth, God can speak to you through dreams. There are various persons who God spoke to in the Bible through dreams such as Jacob (Genesis 31:11); Joseph (Genesis 37:5 – 7); Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus (Matthew 1:20); The Wise Men (Matthew 2:12) among others.
Visions are important in our walk with God, at such one of the ways God speaks to us. Proverbs 29:18 says something about vision that,
“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he”.
In 1 Samuel 3:1, there was no one open to visions in the whole of Israel. Even Eli, the priest, could only perceive that it was God calling out to Samuel (1 Samuel 3:8). You can read chapter 4 and 5 of 1 Samuel to know more of what happened because there was a lack of vision. Every individual on earth who understands his or her purpose of existence on the side of God runs with a vision which is why Habakkuk 2:3 admonishes us to tarry with the vision. In a vision, Abraham was encouraged by God (Genesis 15:1); God made His thoughts known to Samuel (1 Samuel 3); Isaiah was commissioned (Isaiah 6); Ananias got instructions (Acts 9:10); Cornelius got a visit from God (Act 10:3); John got revelations of things to come (Revelations 9:17). A vision from God is as important as the air we breathe.
Every dream and Vision from God must certainly be in consensus with His Word – the scriptures.
Job 33:14 – 16 says,
“For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction”.
The continuation of this article is “God Speaks – His Voice and Inward Witness”