Want to hear God speak? Read your Bible

I was once told of the minister who sat in his car before he went away and prayed ‘Please Lord look after the church while I’m gone’, to which the Lord supposedly replied ‘Who do you think looks after it while you’re here.’ Now of course we know that’s not true but do we? There are many Christian leaders who talk about God speaking to them audibly, my question is what accent does he have? Could you have recorded it?

God speaks clearly, finally, definitively in the Bible. The Holy Spirit takes the Word of Scripture and speaks to us but not in an audible voice. The Holy Spirit comforts, bears witness with our Spirit, he is the revealer and enlightener of Scripture but does he speak audibly and does he do that often? I would have huge doubts.

What accent does God have? – Reformation21 Blog

The Preacher says, “Do not be rash with your mouth, and let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you on earth” (Ecclesiastes 5:2 NKJV). Some bold souls who forget this try to storm heaven’s gates and search God’s secret chambers. “God told me to move to Kansas,” they then announce. “God gave me a revelation for you.” “God will heal your son.” This is the sort of thing against which God commanded Jeremiah to warn Israel, and essentially the charge against the “false prophets” is that they have used God instead of confining themselves to his word:

I did not send the prophets, yet they ran; I did not speak to them, yet they prophesied…Am I a God at hand, declares the LORD, and not a God afar off?…Behold, I am against the prophets, declares the LORD, who use their tongues and declare, “declares the LORD.” Behold, I am against those who prophesy lying dreams, declares the LORD, and who tell them and lead my people astray by their lies and their recklessness.

Jeremiah 23:21, 23, 31–32

Michael Horton, A Place for Weakness: Preparing Yourself for Suffering

We can learn how God wants us to live and ‘hear’ him speak to us every time we open up the Bible and read it. We might not always get a revelation of something we never realized before or have some bit of knowledge crash into our head (that’s what it feels like sometimes) but it’s always ‘profitable’ for us to do and the Holy Spirit will always use it. God is living and active through Scripture and it breaks my heart that many people don’t want to hear God speak to them.

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12

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