How do you hear the voice of God? How does God talk with people? Boldly? Perhaps for some. Through his Word, other people, circumstances? Sure, more likely. And what if He is a gentleman, and speaks through a whispered word. What then?
When God Whispers
The man whispered, "God, speak to me," and a meadowlark sang.
But the man did not hear.
So the man yelled, "God, speak to me," and the thunder rolled across the sky.
But the man did not listen.
The man looked around and said, "God, let me see you." And a star shined brightly.
But the man did not see.
And the man shouted, "God, show me a miracle." And a life was born.
But the man did not notice.
So, the man cried out in despair, "Touch me, God, and let me know you are here."
Whereupon, God reached down and touched the man. But the man brushed the butterfly away and walked on.
Conversation with God
Conversation: A two-way dialog.
A simple process. And yes, there's more. See below.
God speaks through His Word. Scripture. The Bible. "For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." ~ Hebrews 4:12.
God speaks through circumstances. Such as
Jonah, who failed to heed God's direction and found himself
in the belly of a whale. "Now the Lord provided a huge fish
to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish
three days and three nights."
~ Jonah 1;17.
God speaks through people. A word that is more than a passing conversation. Direct works that confirm his direction. "David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying, “Praise be to you, Lord, the God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting." ~ 1 Chronicles 29-10.
God can speak through peace when allowed. Inner peace. "Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts." ~ Colossians 3:15.
God also speaks through wise counselors.
Proverbs repeatedly says to seek wisdom through the counsel
of others. "Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay
attention and gain understanding. I give you sound learning,
so do not forsake my teaching." ~ Proverbs 4:1-2.
When God Speaks, and Whispers
God speaks through dreams and visions. “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions." ~ Joel 2:28.
God speaks through our thoughts. "He who forms the mountains, who creates the wind, and who reveals his thoughts to mankind, who turns dawn to darkness, and treads on the heights of the earth, the Lord God Almighty is his name." ~ Amos 4:13.
God speaks through nature. "Since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities,his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse." ~ Romans 1:19-20
God speaks supernaturally. "There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up." ~ Exodus 3:2.
And God speaks through whispers. "After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, 'What are you doing here, Elijah?' " ~ 1 King 19:12-13