Some people argue that God does not speak except through the word today. This is dispensationalism, which is basically that the Spirit was diminished slowly over time since the first-century church until finally He no longer dwells on earth. I cannot understand, from scripture, where they get this. Now I could go into a scriptural debate – show you how this is boarderline blasphemy – and try to convince you that way. However, I will just tell you a story of God speaking. Then you can think back over your life, and see if God has ever tried to tell you something.
My best friend, Josh Allison, is a baseball coach in Stuttgart, AR. His summer league team is “aweful!” Yesterday as he was about to get ready to go coach yet another tough game, he offered God a rather selfish prayer. He said, “Lord, please make it rain today… we’re so aweful. It’s just miserable!” After this he got up and got dressed to go to the field. As soon as he walked out of the house (almost immediately after praying) he saw that it was raining. It was that weird rain where it’s raining kind of hard, but the sun is still shining. He said it rained just hard enough to make him wet. Now, we’re not talking a good rain, not even minutes really. We’re talking about a tiny cloud that seems to be all alone in an otherwise clear sky. As Josh got into his car he realized that God had just spoken to Him. He had said, “Josh, I’m not on call for burned-out baseball coaches, but here’s your rain you asked for!”
Josh, in the words of Kelso… “BURN!”
“The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face…”
– I Kings 19:11-13a