Stephen MurrayComment

God speaks...but He’s not Siri

Stephen MurrayComment
God speaks...but He’s not Siri

We speak to be understood and to give understanding. God is the same way.

God spoke in the Old Testament, and He spoke in the New Testament.

He spoke to Jews, and He spoke to Gentiles.

He spoke in many different ways, but with the same intention: to restore humanity to a true knowledge of God. A knowledge we could never attain otherwise.

And in this posture of overflowing grace, He is still speaking today.

But God doesn’t always respond to us like Siri… and that’s a good thing.

God can, don’t misunderstand. But in my experience (and in my searching of the scriptures) He chooses to speak in ways that cause us to flourish in the waiting, to hunger in the mystery, and to dig into the depths of life with Him.

God speaks through people, through dreams, through situations, through His creation, through pain and joy.

But it is our responsibility to listen. Are we listening?

Here’s a list of examples from the bible where God is speaking.

God Speaks Through the prophets and ultimately through His Son, Jesus:

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.
— Hebrews 1:1-2

God Speaks through Scripture

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
— 2 Timothy 3:16-17

God Speaks through creation

The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
— Psalm 19:1-4

God Speaks Through dreams & visions:

I saw in the night visions:
and behold, with the clouds of heaven
there came one like a son of man,
and he came to the Ancient of Days
and was presented before him.
14 And to him was given dominion
and glory and a kingdom,
that all peoples, nations, and languages
should serve him;
his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
which shall not pass away,
and his kingdom one
that shall not be destroyed.
— Daniel 7:13-14
And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” And when Paul had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.
— Paul the Apostle in Acts 16:9-10

God Speaks To Jews & Gentiles (which is EVERYONE):

King Nebuchadnezzar to all peoples, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you! It has seemed good to me to show the signs and wonders that the Most High God has done for me...
I, Nebuchadnezzar...had a dream that made me afraid...So I commanded that all the wise men of Babylon be brought before me to interpret the dream for me...but they could not interpret it for me. Finally, Daniel came into my presence and I told him the dream.
— King Nebuchadnezzar (of Babylon) in Daniel 4:1-8
At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of what was known as the Italian Cohort, a devout man who feared God with all his household, gave alms generously to the people, and prayed continually to God. About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God come in and say to him, “Cornelius.” And he stared at him in terror and said, “What is it, Lord?” And he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have ascended as a memorial before God.”
— Cornelius (Roman Gentile) in Acts 10:1-4

God Speaks Through angels & The Holy Spirit:

Behold, I send an angel before you to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place that I have prepared. Pay careful attention to him and obey his voice; do not rebel against him, for he will not pardon your transgression, for my name is in him. But if you carefully obey his voice and do all that I say, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.
— God's promise to the Israelites in Exodus 23:20
When they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.
— Jesus in Mark 13:11
Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza...” And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch.... And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” 30 So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him...
— Philip in Acts 8:26-31

God Speaks when the church prays:

Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.
— Act 13:1-3

God Speaks Even when we don’t know His voice:

Then the Lord called Samuel, and he said, “Here I am!” and ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down.

And the Lord called again, “Samuel!” and Samuel arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.

And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down, and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant hears.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

And the Lord came and stood, calling as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant hears.
— Samuel in 1 Samuel 3:4-11

If God Speaks, will we listen?

He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
— Jesus in Matthew 11:15