We often long to “hear the voice of God”. I think by saying that, we mean that we want God to speak a word that is particularly for me; a message in an envelope that has my name and address on it. Some people spend their whole lives in expectation of this (“If only God would reveal himself to me, I would believe in him”) and end up not realising that He has never been silent and has revealed himself. The very fact that the book of Isaiah exists is evidence of this. In the passage we are looking at this week God says “Draw near to me, hear this: from the beginning I have not spoken in secret, from the time it came to be I have been there” (Is 48:16). God made himself known to Adam and Eve right at the beginning, and continued to reveal himself to every person since, even at the most basic level through the creation (Romans 1:20), but much much more than this as well.
The fact of God’s revelation is an act of grace by itself. Given our pre-disposition towards ignoring him, not listening and disobeying what He says, God could quite justly give up on speaking to us. But because He is gracious and loving, He does. He continues to reach out and show us who He is and how we can be made right with Him.
The bible gives an unequivocal answer to the question “Does God speak to us?” It’s a very clear and loud “Yes!” Through creation, through the prophets, and finally, fully and completely, through His Son (Heb 1:1-3). Of all the people who have lived on the planet, we are amongst those to whom He has spoken most fully and clearly. And we have the record of this revelation in the Scriptures.
Rather than “Does God speak to us?” the real question is: are we listening? Are we digging into what God says to us and letting His Spirit change us and mould us into the likeness of Jesus? That is what He wants to happen, and when we do that, we know for sure He is working to bring it about.