Jeremiah 10:5 Like a scarecrow in a melon patch, their idols cannot speak… Habakkuk 2:18 (a man) makes idols that cannot speak. Psalm 135:16 they have mouths but cannot speak Psalm 115:7 (they cannot) utter a sound with their throats.
In all four scriptureS referenced above, the writer is mocking idols as he contrasts them with the living God. It is my conclusion that since he is poking fun at idols who cannot talk, he must be saying (implying) that God can and does talk, that is, speaks or utters words in addition to the more common ways he communicates with us.
Online browsing sites relate some who say he speaks in four ways, others up to eight ways. Many acknowledge that he can speak audibly but few seem to believe that he really does that.
In my ‘Tween God and Me’ posts, I recounted two times when God spoke words to me. They were not audible, but they were “heard” in my brain. If, as we Christians believe, God’s spirit resides within us, why would he need to send the message through the ear. We make words of the sound waves that enter the ear in the brain. So I believe he speaks words into the brain, by-passing the ear canal – sometimes! But there are other methods of hearing God that are more important and more reliable. Most basic methods are hearing/knowing what he says though nature, through conscience, through the holy scriptures, through counselors, through one’s spirit, through circumstances, through dreams. In future ‘Tween God and Me’ posts I will try to recount personal experiences. You can test to see if they line up with scripture.
And since I have gone this far into what some of you will consider “looney-land” I will confess also to believing he still speaks audibly just as he did to Paul, when Paul could hear his voice but others could not. I will probably relate that experience along the way.
I have experienced Him as a Friend, Jehovah-Shammah. He is that to many people and he desires that relationship with all. Jesus said that his sheep know his voice. How long does it take for a sheep to recognize the true shepherd’s voice? There are many voices and other distractions that can separate us from our shepherd. Stay near him, quit tuning in to the sound waves that are really only static in the spiritual sense.
And always, always know His written word. He will never speak to you in a way that does not comply with the Holy scriptures. It is the one method that can not be manipulated and misunderstood – if you know it well.
I believe God spoke to me today through a circumstance. I will write about it in my next ‘Tween God and Me.’