Communication Is a Two Way Street

For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. (2 Peter 1:21 ESV)

God has made himself known because he wants to have a personal relationship with us. How does God communicate with us today? How can we discern His voice from all of the other voices vying for our attention?

2 Peter 1:20-21 tells us that God has spoken through men prepared by him to communicate His truth. How do we know that the writers of Scripture were prepared by God? The word translated carried along or moved by the Holy Spirit is often used to talk about something being moved. In this case it is being used figuratively to communicate the sovereignty of God in producing Scripture. To say that someone spoke from God is to say that the words that were spoken were God’s words. This is how Peter says the prophecy of Scripture came into existence. In other words, the Bible is God’s message delivered to us through his servants.

Communication is a two way street. There must be a speaker and a hearer. 1 Corinthians 2:13-16 teaches that God has given us the mind of Christ in the spiritual truths taught by the Spirit. These truths have been imparted by God’s servants for the purpose of being received by God’s people. There is a self-centered theology that wants to make you believe that you can close your eyes and be still and let Jesus speak to you. The Scriptures encourage us to meditate all day . . . on the word of God. I believe that the Spirit can and does give us insight. However, this teaching of spiritual truth is called illumination. Illumination from the Spirit is the process by which we understand and learn to apply revealed truth.

If you want to hear God’s voice, read your Bible and pray that the Holy Spirit will help you understand and apply what God has revealed through His faithful servants. Do not buy into the lie that you can intuitively know the will of God. The heart is deceitful above all things, and incurably bad (Jeremiah 17:9). Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5).