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Hearing God

Several weeks ago a friend said I should read Dallas Willard's book, Hearing God Developing a Conversational Relationship with God. I wish I had listened to him then. I could have used the help.

This week in our series Heroes of the Faith, I am addressing God's in-the-middle-of-the-night call to boy Samuel. (1 Samuel 3) I find myself wanting God to break into my sleep and speak as clearly as He did to Samuel, but that has not happened yet. I wake up a lot at night, but seldom to the voice of God--or, was it?

Willard scans the biblical record and offers the following ways in which God addressed people:

a phenomenon plus a voice
a supernatural messenger or an angel
dreams and visions
an audible voice [like with Samuel, Moses and Paul]
the human voice
the human spirit or the "still small voice" (page 91)

Willard describes each of these ways God communicated with people, and he concludes those are still ways in which we can hear God today. He has a healthy discussion of the Word…