Does God Still Speak Today?
I’d like to say the answer to this question is “yes”. I mean, why wouldn’t He? It’s not like we don’t have things we need to hear right? But in my life I don’t seem to “hear” the voice of God as often as I would like. In Acts 13 in the first paragraph we read this: Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2 As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away. The Spirit of God clearly tells the church to send out Barnabas and Saul (name changes soon to Paul). I don’t think the people in the room heard an audible voice, though it is certainly possible. Rather, I think they “heard” an unmistakable leading of the Holy Spirit, in such a compelling way that it compelled them to do what God said. And God honored their obedience as Saul and Barnabas had an incredibly successful missionary journey together.
But too many times in my life I am reluctant to follow the leading voice of God; or worse yet, I’m too busy to bother to ask. These men were pretty intentional about their request because it was preceded by fasting and prayer. They really wanted to involve God in the next step of their lives. Do we do this? Do I do this? I’m quite sure that I don’t do this enough. It is easier to make a quick decision on my own rather then remember to “run it by “ God first. However, I really believe that God desires to speak to us today, to guide us, to direct us to follow His path for ourselves and for others. God does still speak today. Perhaps the better questions are: “Are we asking Him anything?” and “Are we listening?”