Note the present tense there.
It may seem like God stopped communicating with His children once St. John put the finishing touches on the Book of Revelation. But in reality, our Lord is still speaking.
And He doesn’t only speak to apostles, prophets and martyrs; or to popes and parsons and pastors; he speaks to the ordinary and the unwashed. He speaks to you and to me.
He speaks to us in the pages of the Bible – these words are thousands of years old, but there’s no denying that it often feels like they were meant just for me, right now.
That’s because they were.
Hebrews 4:12 reminds us that “the word of God is alive and active.” I don’t know how this can be true, but the proof is in the pudding.
I believe He also speaks to us in literature, art and entertainment – often under the noses of the artists and entertainers. You can find a nugget of Truth that speaks directly into your situation in the unlikeliest of places, if you’re looking for it, and I urge you to look for it. Isn’t it better to risk being accused of reading too much into things than being so blase and cynical that you risk missing something important?
In much the same way, He speaks to us through other people – particularly other believers when we specifically ask them what they think God thinks about a certain issue. But I think He also highlights His will for us in conversations and circumstances that seem completely secular to those who aren’t wearing their God Goggles.
And lastly (but definitely not leastly), God speaks to us directly. He nudges our intellect and prompts our emotions to guide us toward His will. When the seemingly logical decision is X but your gut is telling you to do Y, God is in your gut (at least sometimes). And very occasionally, God actually speaks to us in that still, small voice written about in 1 Kings 19:12. (I described my experience with this phenomenon in Moment, a few years ago. Feel free to give it a read if you’re curious.)
God is not silent. Don’t let your temporal senses tell you otherwise – that’s just what our enemy wants you to do. Instead, pray for eyes to see and ears to hear, and watch what He does with that.
Peace be with you.