1 Samuel 3:1 (ESV): 'Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord in the presence of Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision.'
I thank God we don't live in those days!
I try to imagine what that may be like, to not experience God speaking. To have no one with a prophetic word, picture, message in tongues, dream or vision, and I struggle.
What would life be like? What would faith be like?
If we didn't hear God speak then can you imagine what a barren place we would be in? What would your everyday look like? What would going to church be like? What would your faith look like?
I thank God that we can hear his voice in these days. Not just as one offs, but often. We are privileged. We have access to the voice of the creator, we can; dream dreams, have visions, pictures, receive His heart, hear His audible voice, see Him speaking through scripture or preaching and know things through the Spirit. That's just a few ways I know God speaks off the top of my head, you may of heard His voice in a different way.
Not only that, but we have such an abundance of access to God. We can hear Him speak; in church, in the car, whilst we are running, shopping, at work, in the shower and even when we are asleep! There is no excuse not to be open to the amazing personal message God has for each of us.
If you haven't heard from God for a while, if you haven't heard Him speak - have you spent time with Him? Have you spent time with people who believe in Him? Have you been to church?
If you're struggling to hear God right now, pray. Ask others to pray for and with you, and turn up to where christians are gathered, go to church. God does and will speak, are you ready to hear Him?