There are different ways in which God speaks to us, and we can learn a lot from how He does it. We can also learn a lot about ourselves by understanding God’s communication. Since Genesis chapter one, He had communicated when we first learned about God.
Additionally, he has addressed audiences that range in age, gender, and circumstance. To Adam, God spoke. He exchanged words with Noah. He gave Abraham advice.
Furthermore, he is the All-Powerful God and is present simultaneously in all places. He won’t ever run out of ways to reach His followers.
What’s this? He even communicated with a donkey! The following are some of the different ways in which God speaks to us.
1. God Can Speak Through Circumstances
God originally addressed Jonah, but Jonah disregarded God’s voice. God then communicated to Jonah through various situations.
These situations include his encounter with a large fish and the subsequent withering of the vine that had grown up to provide shade for him (Jonah 1–4).
Furthermore, it is essential to examine our circumstances and ask ourselves if we are hearing from the Lord in them.
Ask yourself these two questions: What is happening in my life now? What is the Lord trying to tell me through this situation?
2. Through Nature and God’s Creation
Through Nature and God’s Creation is also one of the different ways God speaks to us. Since the world’s creation, God’s eternal power and divine essence have been manifested and understood from what has been made, leaving no room for justification on the part of humans (Romans 1:20, NIV).
We may “hear” God’s voice through the minute nuances and breathtaking beauty of all He has created. How? We learn about intelligence and tenacity by witnessing the ant’s ability to stockpile food all summer. We learn more about God’s majesty by seeing the heavens.
Furthermore, we “hear” about miracles of death and rebirth through gardening and the process of planting and growing one. God created everything by speaking it into existence.
3. Through Dreams
The Bible records a few instances in which God communicated with people through their dreams. God occasionally foretold future events, as evidenced by the dreams of the Pharaoh (Genesis 41:1–36) and Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 2:1-45).
Other times, God gave guidelines that needed to be obeyed (Mateus 1:20-21, 2:13). It is not necessary to possess a unique skill for dreaming. God is the one who decides how He will speak to us.
Additionally, if you believe that a dream you experienced may have contained a message from God, pray about it and consult with your pastor to determine the appropriate course of action.
Before doing anything, check sure the dream is consistent with biblical principles. If it isn’t, disregard it.
4. Through Teaching/Sermons/Songs
Sometimes you see or hear a preacher preach on television, and you feel in your Spirit that what he just said is for you. The voice you hear is God.
Furthermore, God speaks to you via individuals, whether they strike you or encourage you when things are tough.
When you attend church, God may speak to you through the pastor or the worship leader. Additionally, you should constantly be alert for a word from God if you aren’t already.
However, as you interact with other believers, exercise more restraint. Through them, God might speak to you, deliver, bless, or correct you to help you grow.
5. Through His Son, Jesus Christ
Next on the list of different ways in which God speaks to us is Through his son, Jesus Christ. The New Testament represented the accomplishment of God’s unique plan. It is the gospel, which is the good news about Jesus.
However, in these last days, God has spoken to us via His Son, whom He named heir of all things and through whom He created the universe (Hebrews 1:1–2, NIV).
In the past, God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at various times and in different ways. We may “hear” God’s heart and voice via the words of Jesus in the Bible and understand who God is.
Furthermore, these words (“For God so loved the world…”) were not created for a small group of privileged people who could successfully navigate certain spiritual hurdles.
6. God Can Speak Through Our Thoughts
According to Amos 4:13, God reveals His ways through our thoughts. While Joseph pondered matters in Matthew 1:19–21, God spoke to him.
Here, we must exercise caution since not the Lord inspires all our thoughts. Furthermore, the Devil can also implant thoughts in our minds. And we can just come up with ideas on our own.
Therefore, we must determine whether a thought is from God whenever we have one. Does it accord with the Bible? Does it in any way go against God’s nature?
Everything is in the power of God. He leads us individually and is in charge of humanity’s fate. We may see God moving in the past to bring about the events that He had planned when we examine the history of our culture and other civilizations.
Additionally, there is little question that God orchestrated events that appear to be fortunate accidents. History also demonstrates how many ancient prophecies came true. It provides a broad overview of the Lord’s strategy for people.
Furthermore, the past aids in our understanding of how God’s message has permeated Scripture throughout human history.
8. The Testimonies of Other Believers
The Testimonies of Other Believers is also one of the different ways in which God speaks to us. The testimonies of other Christians are a potent way that God still speaks to us today, drawing from stories of God’s people in the Bible, history, and in our communities.
Our faith is bolstered, and we are inspired to take on our struggles when we read or hear God’s incredible things in their lives.
9. God Can Speak Through Natural Manifestations
Romans 1:18–20 makes it quite evident that God may reveal Himself through nature. Mountains, lakes, rivers, trees, meadows, landscapes, and other natural features can all carry God’s voice.
Additionally, God spoke from heaven in John 12:27–30, but when God said in this instance, some onlookers mistakenly believed they heard thunder.
This may occur right now. It may be the voice of God speaking to us when we hear thunder, see floods, hurricanes, strong winds, or volcanoes.
10. God Can Speak Through A Whisper
In a previous chapter, we talked about how God sometimes speaks to us in a still, small voice. He said to Elijah in this manner (1 Kings 19:12).
Once more, the message is that if we want to hear God’s voice, we must pay attention to what He has to say.
However, to hear God’s voice, we must tune into the frequency of heaven. Jeremiah 7:13 warns against sin: “I have tried to talk to you while you have sinned, but you refuse to listen” (CEV).
In essence, God is telling the Israelites that they committed many sins and that despite His repeated warnings, they disregarded His advice.
11. Our Own Experience
Our Own Experience is also one of the different ways in which God speaks to us. The Lord may be heard clearly through our testimonies because of what He has already accomplished for us.
Even though we can’t recollect all the specifics, we can remember how God has absolved us, led us, delivered us, loved us, and guarded us. He has also taken care of us and provided for our necessities.
Additionally, the Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives is a constant reminder that we have a devoted Father whom we can trust (Romans 8:15).
12. The Bible
God inspires the Holy Bible. We can say that it is the primary way God communicates with us. Any other communication must be grounded in and put to the proof by what the Bible teaches.
Furthermore, the Holy Bible serves as God’s manual for communicating with Him, the one and only real God, and receiving His response.
No one could force God to reveal Himself to His creation; He chose to reveal Himself to us. Academics categorize the following sorts of revelation.
Generally speaking, creation is regarded as a form of indirect revelation from God. It provides us with some hints about Him, but not enough for us to be able to relate to Him. Item 10 contains additional details about this.
13. Through Prayer
The several ways I’ve suggested that God speak to us now overlap. Through His Spirit and Prayer, God frequently speaks to us.
God’s Word teaches us that even though we don’t know how to pray, His Spirit intercedes on our behalf (Romans 8:26-27).
Our hearts and brains often grow more open to God via fasting and Prayer. Again, even though we may not hear God’s voice directly, His Spirit affirms a definite course of action or response for us.
We can discern His leading in a fresh way when the distractions go. God’s Spirit will occasionally bring to mind a verse or teaching from His Word while we pray that we can immediately apply it to the circumstance.
14. Through Jesus Christ
Next on our list of different ways in which God speaks to us is Through Jesus Christ. God, the Father, has communicated with us through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Given that Christ is God incarnate, the birth of Jesus resulted in a special relationship between God and humans (John 1:1,14; 1 Timothy 3:16).
He delivered the gospel to us at first, which is the good news of Jesus Christ (Matthew 4:23). Jesus, according to the author of Hebrews, is our loving and obedient High Priest who understands our frailties (Hebrews 2:17–18). (Hebrews 4:14-15).
Additionally, Jesus spoke as God spoke (John 14:10). Due to his divine essence, Christ showed us the Father (John 10:30, 14:8-9).
He made the Father’s Love for us manifest (John 3:16). He is the conduit through whom we can speak with God directly (Ephesians 3:11-12).
15. Through Holy Spirit
The third member of the Holy Trinity is known as the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost. The Holy Spirit does numerous things for us that the Bible tells us about, such as.
He resides in every sincere believer (John 14:17; Romans 8:9). He is the Solace Jesus had spoken of (John 14:16).
Additionally, he is that quiet voice within us that speaks God’s truth to us. Thus, He directs us to do what pleases the Lord and forbids us from doing what displeases Him (John 16:13).
He is also the one who, via Jesus, grants us access to the Father (Ephesians 2:18). He hears our cries and intervenes on our behalf (Romans 8:26-27). Through Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit enables us to communicate with the Father.
16. Through Joy
According to the Bible, God is the source of all good things (James 1:17). Thus, He is the source of all the joy in our life. Unfortunately, people typically look for delight elsewhere than at the start.
As a result, they go for money, sex, power, pleasures, and whatever else that makes them happy, even if it just brings them momentary fulfillment.
But when we see that all of these various things are gifts from God, we comprehend the need to use them following His perfect will so that they enrich our lives rather than serve as idols.
Our joy must be found in Him. Everything that makes us happy reminds us of our loving Father’s goodness, who graciously offers us much more than we could ever imagine.
17. Through Love
Last on our list of different ways in which God speaks to us is through his Love for us. Gott ist Liebe. Any creature, including humans, can love since it is a gift from God.
He gives His creations the ability to express His Love for them through His common grace. However, as soon as we accept that we are His children, we are obligated to love.
First and foremost, we are to love God. So let’s remember that when we get Love from others, it comes from the priceless gift God provided to the world—His Love.
In conclusion, there are many ways in which God speaks to us. But the most important thing to remember is that He loves us unconditionally. And because of that, He wants nothing but the best for us.