I heard a podcast recently where the speaker made a comment to not limit God to speak in an audible voice. I can understand the speaker’s point but can’t God still speak audibly at all? He apparently did it in the Bible but I often have wondered why He doesn’t speak that way today. Not that I want to limit God but I would just like to hear him speak to me in a voice like we do with everyone else.
So why do people say that God doesn’t speak in an audible voice? Here are some opinions I found when I put the question in Google:
“God really has spoken. And this Word is living and active. It is not a dead Word. He really speaks today through the inspired Scriptures.” (John Piper)
So this explanation suggests that God has spoken in the Bible and that’s it. Again, I understand this explanation and it’s true that God does speak through is Word but isn’t that still limiting God too? Honestly, sometimes I think this “well God speaks through the Bible” can be a cop-out for an explanation.
From one of the most popular websites, gotquestions.org, it answers with:
“There is no biblical reason why God could not speak to a person audibly today.”
But it goes on to add that God also can speak in other ways such an inner voice or mental impression. Which is true but, still, at what place does a person get to where God speaks in an audible voice?
As eager as we would want God to speak in our voice, the fact is that we simply can’t force God to do it. It is totally His choice when or if He does it. We can’t orchestrate circumstances or manipulate situations to make it happen.
He has never spoke audibly to me although I have deeply desired for Him to do it. At one time, I was obsessed with hearing his voice but no matter how much I wanted it to happen, it never did. Instead it left me frustrated and confused. I learned that I could never be good enough or spiritual enough to make it happen. Nothing I could do was going to force God’s hand.
I mean, you would think that if people heard God’s voice that they would easily believe and never doubt Him again. I know of a man that heard God’s voice and his life was changed but he eventually fell away. You would assume that if someone actually heard the voice of God that they wouldn’t need anything else. Sadly, that’s not true. That didn’t even happen in the Bible.
So when does God speak in an audible voice to us?
I guess He would if He had a good reason to do it. If there is a divine purpose or something that you are supposed to do, I would think that would be when He would speak if you are going to play a key role in God’s purpose.
Of course, I know you and I have met people who claim that God “speaks” to them all the time. Yeah, I do the eye roll too. Sure, He speaks to you about EVERYTHING. I wouldn’t think that God would speak routinely to people. Unfortunately I have found that these people seem to say that God speaks to them in order to manipulate people around them or to come across as some super-spiritual person. I met one minister who said that when God speaks, it isn’t a negative word. I guess he never read the Old Testament.
So can God speak in a real voice to us? Absolutely He can.
He won’t waste it and won’t do it to prove anything to us. Yes, I know you would think if He spoke that it would be easier for people to believe and proof to some people that God exists. I don’t know why He doesn’t do that but He doesn’t seem to work in that way.
Regardless of the way God chooses to “speak” to us today, remember that He will not contradict His Word.