Last week, as I was talking with a group of friends, someone asked the question (or one similar to it), “How does God communicate with us?” This is a very interesting question. We all want to obey God, but how do we know what God is telling us to do?
One of the things that our group discussed was the ways that God communicated with people in Scripture. We came up with several different ways: Scripture, prayer, dreams, visions, audibly, reason, logic, experience, angels, other people. We saw God communicating to people in Scripture through each of these different methods, and probably others.
God spoke directly to Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and others. God sent angels to communicate with several people, including Joshua, Daniel, Mary, and Joseph. Daniel and other prophets had dreams and visions. The children of Israel were instructed to seek God in the Torah, and the Bereans continued seeking God in the Scriptures. Jonah learned about God’s will through the experiences of a storm, a great fish, and a withering plant. Paul taught the Corinthians that they have the mind of Christ, and he taught the Romans to use their renewed mind (reason/logic). The Jerusalem church listened to the advice of the elders and apostles (including James, Peter, Paul, and Barnabas) in order to determine God’s will.
This is only a sampling of the many instances of God communicating in Scripture. God revealed his ways, thoughts, and plans to His people in many different manners. This is one of the most amazing characteristics of God: He is a communicating God.
Of course, this raises other questions, so I will ask these to you: Can God still communicate in these ways? If so, does He still communicate in these ways? How has God communicated with you? How do you ensure that it is God who is communicating with you?