Speak to Me

How does God communicate with mere mortals? In the Old Testament, God’s voice was audible to some people. Samuel, for instance, heard God calling him in the middle of the night, and at first he didn’t recognize it. Finally, when it was clear that a human voice wasn’t calling him, he realized the direct communication by saying, “Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.” (1 Samuel 3:1–10). Elijah heard God whisper. Moses, Abraham, Ezekiel, and many others in scripture, Old and New Testaments, heard His voice—some through angels, others through dreams and visions, and some just audibly.

Does He speak now in that way? Perhaps. (However, if you tell someone that God spoke to you directly, you might be hauled away by men in white coats.)

I believe that God communicates in various ways using all of our senses.

  1. Sight  – Psalm 19:1-2 says, “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.”
  2. Smell – 2 Cor. 2:14 –  “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us reveals the fragrance of the knowledge of Him in every place.”
  3. Taste – “Taste and see that the Lord is good…” Psalm 34: 8.
  4. Touch – 1 John 1:-21 says,  “What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life— and the life was revealed, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was revealed to us.”
  5. Hearing – Jeremiah 33:3
    “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”

Now I’m aware that some of these scriptures are metaphors and aren’t to be taken literally. However, I believe that this is saying that we can experience His presence and acknowledge His messages to us if we will just open all our senses to what He is saying. Nature screams of Him. Our ears hear Him through sermons and wise counsel. The scent of a rose. The touch of a baby chick. All of our human senses can be in sync with Him who, I believe, reveals Himself and His directions to us through them.

Expecting God to speak through only one of these methods, means that we may be missing out on some really cool revelations. By keeping our antennas up, we might be surprised at what God is telling us.

“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, being understood by what has been made…” Romans 1:20.

3 thoughts on “Speak to Me

  1. Robyn

    Well, that made me think, It never dawned me that God uses all of our senses to communicate with us. Now I love thinking about that, and enjoyed the verses too.


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