Hearing God

DISCLAIMER: This post does not address every aspect of hearing God's voice, but it hits what I believe as a father is critical for my children to understand.


Yesterday, I posted this in my Facebook status:

I had a great theological discussion with my children this morning on the way to school. The question that was asked is "What does God's voice sound like? I mean, how do we hear God's voice?"

How would you answer this question?

I had a number of people ask me about how I responded while a number of people shared how they would answer the question. So, here is what was going through my head and the gist of what I shared. If you ask my wife, she will attest that I am terrible at remembering my exact words, but very good at remembering what I generally said.

So, here I go…

For starters it was obvious to me that Grace and Isaac sincerely wanted to know if they could “hear” God speak. So for about 15 – 20 minutes, we talked about how we see God communicating throughout Scripture. I shared how as we read the Bible, we get to privilege to witness God speaking to his people in some amazing ways: Adam and Eve walking and talking with God (Genesis 2:16-17; 3:8-18), Job hearing God speaking from the whirlwind (Job 38:1), Moses and the fiery bush (Exodus 3), Saul and fellow travelers heard Jesus (Acts 9:1-9). We also read about dreams or visions, a human hand writing on a wall (Daniel 5), a blinding light, and both a thunderous (Job 37:5) and a still small voice (1 Kings 19:9-13).

I passionately shared with my kids that God actively speaks to us in the here and now through the words of this amazing book. I told them that they too can hear the voice of God speaking to them - unmistakably, authoritatively, and personally - when they read, hear, study, and are marinating in the Scriptures.

So does God still speak to his people today? Absolutely! And how does God do it? God speaks primarily, clearly and perfectly without equivocation through his good and perfect Word! 

The question that remains for us is this:

Will the Bible be enough for us? Will we affirm that the Bible is sufficient to guide us in all of life? Or will we demand that God reveal himself to us in other ways?

I want my children to open their Bibles to meet their friend, Savior, Creator, and Sustainer to meet him there and hear him talk to them.

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