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Ways in which God "speaks"

Updated on February 1, 2016

Does God speak to people today?

Many people wonder if God still speaks to people in general and to specific people in today's world. In fact, God is always speaking, both generally and specifically. Some people cannot hear Him because they are spiritually deaf. These include people who refuse to hear, because they refuse to believe in a God who is intimately involved with His creation. Others are afraid to find out they have been wrong in their beliefs for many years. Some are angry because of experiences in their lives--they are wounded and refuse to enter into any form of interaction with God. These people usually scoff at the people who do converse with the Almighty, usually out of their own woundedness. Still others are afraid to converse with the Creator of the Universe. If you think about it, contact with GOD does inspire awe and even some fear. But God knows how to connect with those who desire to connect with Him, and He does connect with them. Some people have had divine intervention in their lives even though they are not tied to any professed religion or even certainty about God. They are left to wonder what it all means. The Christian does not have to entertain this confusion. But some may wonder, "Does He speak to me? And how do I know when it is God?"

So then, the answer is "YES" to the question posed above. God does speak to people. However, He speaks in many ways and He is personal in the way in which He interacts. He may "speak" one way to one person and another way to another. The way in which He communicates with you becomes one of the unique and personal facets of your relationship with Him. He has His own way of talking just to you...that is how He shows you that you are special to Him. But here are some of the ways God speaks to people, beginning with the more common ways and moving to the less common ways.

1. The Bible

One of the most common ways God speaks to people is through the Bible. The word Bible is "logos" in Greek, which means "God expressing Himself". This means God speaks through the Word of God. That is why we call it the Word of God. As you study the Bible, God reveals things to you. You can be reading a passage and suddenly something becomes apparent that you never noticed before. The scripture you are reading or studying may trigger thoughts about events in your life and you are left with new understanding about those events. In fact there are many things in the Bible you cannot fully understand until God reveals them to you. So in this way, God speaks to people through His Word, the Bible. Ancient people practiced something called "lectio divina" or divine reading in which they sought to interact with God through their Bible reading. This is a practice many Christians are trying to reconnect with so they can "hear" God through their Bible study. Out of the "logos" which is defined as "God expressing Himself" in general comes the "rhema" which is God speaking to you in your time and in your particular situation. The psalmist in Psalm 119:18 says, "Open my eyes that I may see wondrous things from Your law."

2. Nature

Psalm 19:1-2 says, "The heavens declare the glory of God and the earth shows forth His handiwork. Day after day utters speech, and night after night reveals knowledge."

When you look at a beautiful sunrise, or sunset, or a mountain or the vast ocean spread out before you, you get a sense of the enormousness of the Creator God. If He can hold the entire world in the palm of His hand, then How big is He?!? If you spend some time thinking about this, it puts a lot of things into perspective. Some people believe the universe is all random chance and big bang and all that. But scientists themselves have said the a system left to itself tends towards chaos and disorder. Our universe is orderly and not random or chaotic. The sun, moon and stars follow a predictable course. The ocean only goes so far onto the land. Therefore, the system is not left to itself. Someone is keeping it in order. God lets us know He is in control. This gives reassurance in times of stress and distress. Every day he "speaks" to us, letting us know He is still running the big show.

3. Perceptions

God gives people impressions, urgings, unctions, and perceptions. You get a sense of something. Science has shown that the gut has its own nervous system which can operate independently of the brain. People say "I knew it in my gut" and they are right. They have a sense of something that they may not be able to describe. This can explain how you can meet someone and get an immediate good feeling about them, or an immediate danger signal about them and you don't even know them. Many times we talk ourselves out of these feelings and impressions only to say later, "I should have listened to my gut". You find yourself thinking about a person all of a sudden and you don't know why. Then you contact that person and find out it was important for you to do so. You get a feeling you should do something and find out that was just the right thing to do. Or you get a feeling you should NOT do something and find out that was also just the right thing to do. God often sends these impressions to people as part of His guidance system. The more you walk with God the more you will experience these urgings, until you get used to them and they don't even surprise you anymore. In Acts 27:10, On his trip to Rome to be tried before Caesar, Paul told the crew and captain of the ship he was to sail on, "Men I perceive that this voyage will end with disaster and much loss, not only of the cargo and ship, but also of our lives." Nobody listened to him, and later the ship was wrecked, but at the last minute God told Paul He would save the people but they would lose the ship and the cargo. And they did.

Him that has an ear, let him hear

It is easier to hear from God if you are seeking Him.  Jesus said your spiritual ear must be open.
It is easier to hear from God if you are seeking Him. Jesus said your spiritual ear must be open.

Not so common ways God speaks

Above, we have three common ways God speaks to people. You don't hear that much about them, in part because they are so common and also because they are pretty mundane and ordinary. People would much rather hear about angelic visions, lights flashing, trumpets blaring and exciting things like that but these things are really quite rare. Everyone can read the Bible; everyone doesn't see supernatural beings. Here then are some less common ways God speaks.

4. Visions

There are many stories of visions in the Bible. Angels appeared to people, giving messages from God. They were pretty scary I'm sure, because the Bible says whenever they appeared people fainted and shrieked and they had to say, "Fear not" all the time. So God doesn't use this method so much. Too much drama. But some people do see angels. Other people see strange lights or symbolic things like trees, or landscapes. Usually in these kinds of visions what you see stands for something else. Then you have to pray and ask for understanding.

5. Dreams

A lot of people have dreams. They are usually symbolic and full of hidden meaning. But sometimes dreams can be very direct. You might dream that you are going to be offered a new job. Then that week or the next week, Lo and behold! you are offered a new job. People tend to shrug off dreams, and say, I ate too much pizza. But God does speak through dreams and if it seems to be significant, maybe you should pay attention to it.

6. The Voice

There are a few instances in the Bible where God spoke directly to people. When people heard the Voice of God, there was no mistaking who it was. I don't think you would have any problem, either. Somehow, you just know it's Him. But again, that is kind of scary to most people and God rarely uses this method, even in the Bible.

Finally, I think the most common method is the one I will mention last.

7. The Holy Spirit

The Bible teaches in 1 Corinthians 2: 12 that we have someone the Bible refers to as "The Holy Spirit" to tell us the things God wants us to know. Jesus spoke at length about all the things the Holy Spirit does for us. He guides us, He teaches us, He reminds us of things, He corrects us. He uses our life events and circumstances to steer us in the right direction. He uses all the methods listed above and also speaks to our hearts and minds with the "still small voice", which is a calm and clear sound that we understand. Jesus said His sheep know His voice, and you find that something in you recognizes when you are being "spoken to". If you ever have doubt, you can pray and God will make Himself clearer to you if you ask Him to.

These are just some of the ways God speaks to people. There are others not mentioned here as well. Even though God uses all these ways to communicate with us, we can still be foggy and slow to understand. And we should never take one communication and just run with it. If God tells you something important, He will repeat it. And He will repeat it again. And again. We call this confirmation and you should wait for it before acting, especially when you are not sure. Communication with God is a kind of dance, in which there are many different steps, but the most important thing is to know and trust your Partner. The better you know Him, the easier it is to move with the flow.

How does God speak to you?

In what way do you think God speaks to you the most?

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    • bjspivey-rivers profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Thanks for your feedback. i am glad you enjoyed it.

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      Abba Elijah aka elijagod 

      6 years ago from Abuja - Nigeria


      wonderful hub there !

      Thanks Man!!!!!!

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      Deidre Shelden 

      7 years ago from Texas, USA

      Great hub on God speaking to! Beautiful :) May more and more people seek him in these days.

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      Incognito weirdo woman 

      7 years ago

      Thank you,God bless you,your kind words helped me to cheep up.

    • bjspivey-rivers profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Hello Incognito weirdo woman,

      First, thank you for openly sharing your thoughts and feelings here. I have always said that you feel what you feel and it is not my place to label your feelings as right or wrong. I totally agree with you that it is difficult to be different. I have been "different" for most of my life and I understand this. It is lonely sometimes, but I have discovered a wonderful relationship with my Creator which gives me joy. I pray that you find the same treasure. I am also left handed and I don't see anything wrong with it. You say that you have friends of all types, so every person cannot be evil...some are your friends.

      Yes, there are many things wrong with this world and the people in it. But I believe God is still good. The Bible teaches us to keep our eyes on God, rather than man. If we keep our minds on Him, He is able to keep us in perfect peace. If we look at other people, we are bound to get discouraged. So I encourage you to look up to God, not back, not down and not around at mankind. I believe it is the only way to navigate through the treacherous roads of life and still be whole.

      God Bless You, too.

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      Incognito weirdo woman 

      7 years ago

      God is in me,I feel Him,only He knows me the best.He gave me a uniqueness and difference of personality,maybe he wants me to be strong,to overcome numerous sufferings and pains?

      *First of all,He made me a woman,Since the beginning of the time,woman has been a victim of numerous atrocities and barbaric actions: rape,violence,exclusion,being outcast,use her sacrosanct womb as a possession of male caprices.This is so shamelessly described in Bible...How should an innocent child,espacially a girl read it?!

      I'm not a submissive helpless female,but a HUMAN,daughter of King of Kings,and I want GOD as my lord and master,and not an earthly sinful man,no matter how good and godly he is.It's not my fault if I'm more than a "feminine" woman,a HUMAN,a child of God and I want to think more of Him than of marriage.

      *It's not my fault either if I don't idolize earthly government.Though they snap,that even unchristian and immoral death penalty exists in country,i don't have any right to go agaisnt it,if i do,I'm a black sheep,I outrage a country,I'm a traitor,and I must be secluded from system,for I obey more God than human corrupted system,and so,I must be burnt alive like Joanne of Ark.

      *It's not my fault,not God's either,that I'm left-handed,though they snap harshly:left is the devils side!

      *I don't think I sin because of loving the colour black.For me it's beautiful,I love it so much,that imho,it exists even in Heaven.Though they say to me,black is sin,evil and death!

      *I love wolves,such wonderful creatures,though it's an incarnation of cruelty,(but not for me).

      *I was born with raven hair and gray eyes,not blonde hair and blue eyes,I don't have this so-called "ideal beauty", symbol of "purity".

      I don't do anything wrong if I ride horse as a real rider should:astride,and not side-saddle! I don't think I look ungraceful or immodest.

      I have very good redhead christian(symbol of lust,and promiscuity),olive-skinned Spaniards(dark skinned women=danger :@ :|) and black friends(cursed race of Ham).

      I prefer darkness,moonlight,night,gray sky with clouds,cold,misty countries,mountainous areas.I prefer loneliness,being myself,I'm a wild,savage woman,an autistic,I don't speak if I don't need it.Why am i so abnormal in the sight of men?! on the one hand:fanatism,dogmatism,on the other hand:immoral depraved "society",looks like a corpse.Sex-obssessed bestial "society" where prostitution,incest,pornography,homosexuality,satanism, sexploitation of women and children is normal...................

      What the heck shoul I expect from this human world?! these guys are angry because i don't submit to their sickening desires.They're lustful,selfish and possessive easts,nothing more.

      God is good,people are evil.Believers or non-believers,They fear the different,anything that doesn't fit in their invented stereotypes.They demonize it,because they're lazy to understand the different,and persecute like medieval Inquisitors.How long the humanking will be so stupid,bound to it's superstitions and tales,"symbols"?!

      no one will understand me,their words are nothing to me.

      I don't know what reaction will have people who will read my post,and frankly I don't care,I'm tired of everyone and everything.One thing that I hate the most: a didactical,moralistic,doctoral tone.

      So,I don't know,have compassion,pity,scorn,anger,whatever you wish.Notice that I'm not a rebel immature teenager girl,no,I'm rather a mature person.

      God created me like that,He accepts me what kind of person I am,but not people.Moreover,I've heard:don't seek human approval.I try my best not to,and I've learnt to be lonely.

      I chattered uselessly,but I just spoke out my feelings.

      Good bye,God bless you.

    • bjspivey-rivers profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thank you DoodleLyn, and I think most of us are in the same place you are. The other ways are dramatic but not common. Thanks for your insightful comment.

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      8 years ago from Upstate New York, USA

      Loved this hub, you made some very valid points. I have never experienced any of the supernatural ways God speaks, but he speaks to me regularly through the Holy Spirit, and nature, and perceptions. I find it's very difficult NOT to hear Him when He really is trying to get my attention! Thanks for sharing!

    • bjspivey-rivers profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Hello Brother Dave, thank you for these very true comments. I am guilty, too. Sometimes I just don't want to hear what God is saying. Sometimes I hide because I think He might tell me to do something I don't want to do. But being in a relationship, I think, means you have to be willing to hear things. If you learn to trust God, you can hear the good and the not so good things. I am still learning in this area.

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      Dave Mathews 

      8 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      bjspivey-rivers: AMEN! Our Heavenly father speaks to all of us every day, the question really is are we ready and willing to hear,really listen to what He has to say. We love hearing words of praise and encouragement, things that make us feel good and happy, but loathe to hear criticism, chastisement, and correction, so we simply tune it all out so we don't have to hear any of it.

      Brother Dave.


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