10 Great Examples of When God Spoke and Speaks

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When you read the Bible you are sure to come across many, many great conversations. There are Bible characters, too many to count, that speak often and there are those that almost never speak. But how about when God speaks? We can see some examples of Him speaking in the Bible, but did you know He still speaks today? Here are 10 great example of when God spoke and speaks:

#1 Examples of What the Voice of the Lord is Like

2 Samuel 22:14 The LORD thundered from heaven, And the most High uttered his voice.

1 Kings 19:12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

Psalm 68:33 To Him who rides upon the highest heavens, which are from ancient times; Behold, He speaks forth with His voice, a mighty voice.

Psalm 29:3–9 The voice of the LORD is upon the waters: The God of glory thundereth: The LORD is upon many waters. The voice of the LORD is powerful; The voice of the LORD is full of majesty. The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedars; Yea, the LORD breaketh the cedars of Lebanon. He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn. The voice of the LORD divideth the flames of fire. The voice of the LORD shaketh the wilderness; The LORD shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the LORD maketh the hinds to calve, And discovereth the forests: And in his temple doth every one speak of his glory.

Jeremiah 10:13 When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, And he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; He maketh lightnings with rain, And bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.

Ezekiel 43:2 And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory.

#2 Genesis – The Book of Beginnings, God said a lot

Most people know that The Creation account is recorded in the Book of Genesis. Here is a challenge: in that account in Chapters 1, 2 and 3, how many times does God speak?

#3 Exodus – God spoke to Moses to Give Instruction to the People

Exodus 20:1 And God spake all these words, saying.

You can read Exodus 20:2-17 to see what commandments God spoke through Moses.

#4 God Spoke to Ezekiel the Prophet

Ezekiel 1:3 The word of the Lord came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the Lord was there upon him.

Ezekiel 12:25 For I am the LORD: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord GOD.

Ezekiel 22:1-3 Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Now, thou son of man, wilt thou judge, wilt thou judge the bloody city? yea, thou shalt shew her all her abominations. Then say thou, Thus saith the Lord God, The city sheddeth blood in the midst of it, that her time may come, and maketh idols against herself to defile herself.

Ezekiel 30:1-3 he word of the Lord came again unto me, saying, Son of man, prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord God; Howl ye, Woe worth the day! For the day is near, even the day of the Lord is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen.

Ezekiel 33:1-4 Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman: If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.

#5 – God Spoke to Adam and Eve in the Garden

Genesis 2:16–17 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Genesis 2:18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

Genesis 3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.

And in Genesis 3:13-24 God speaks to Adam and Eve to let them know the consequences of their disobedience to the one thing He told them not to do.

#6 God Speaks Life Application through True Biblical Accounts & Counsel

The Story of Joseph in Genesis 37 reminds us that even through adversity we can have a Godly response to undesirable circumstances

The Story of Hannah in 1 Samuel 1 & 2 reminds us that God wants us to rely upon Him when we are dealing with things. In the case of Hannah she was one of many Biblical women to deal with infertility (before her was Sarah, Rebekah and Rachel).For many years Hannah sought the Lord and promised she would dedicate her child to the Lord, should He bless her with a pregnancy. Not only did Hannah bear Samuel, whom she dedicated to the Lord as promised but the Lord blessed Hannah with many more children as well (1 Samuel 2:21)

The Book of Philemon is a wonderful letter from Paul to a fellow laborer on behalf of Onesimus (Philemon’s former slave that ran off). He appeals to Philemon that he would receive Onesimus back into his home, not as a servant but as a brother. Onesimus was kind to Paul when he was in prison and he made such an impression that Paul wrote this letter and asked Philemon to receive Onesimus as though he were receiving Paul.

The Words of the Lord about how to raise children are recorded in Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Paul records the Words of the Lord regarding the proper roles and relationships in marriage in Ephesians 5:22-33

Paul also reminds us with God’s Word about what things to think on in Philippians 4:8

James shares God’s Words about the power of our tongue and our words in James 3:1-12

#7 Other Old Testament Examples of People God Spoke to

Here are some Bible characters and references for you to look up:

Noah and his sons (Gen 6:13-21, 7:1-4, 8:15-17, 9:1-17)

Job and his friends (Job 38:1-42:6)

Jacob (Gen 28:13-15, 35:1,9-12)

David (1 Sam 23:2, 23:4, 30:8, 2 Sam 2:1, 5:19, 5:23-24)

Solomon (1 Kings 3:5-15)

Elijah (1 Kings 19:9-18)

Isaiah (2 Kings 20:4, Isaiah 6:8-12, 8:1-11)

Jonah (Jonah 1:1-2, 3:1-2, 4:4, 4:9-11)

Hosea (Hosea 1:2-5)

Zechariah (Zec 1:1-17)

#8 God Spoke to the Writers of the Bible & Apostles

Acts 9:3–4 And as he [Saul/Paul] journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why ersecutes thou me?

Acts 18:9–10 Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.

Acts 10:13–15 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.

2 Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

2 Peter 1:16–18 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.

#9 God Spoke to and About Jesus in the Bible

Luke 3:21–22 Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.

John 12:27–29 Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him.

#10 God Speaks to us Today

Though we do not audibly hear the voice of God today, we can still hear His voice in His Word that has been recorded for us. Here are some Bible references that you can look up that remind us that God still speaks today and that we are to share His words with others:

John 6:44
John 10:27–28
Romans 10:14–17
2 Corinthians 2:17
2 Timothy 4:2

Final Thoughts

God’s Words, even those He spoke as recorded in the Bible are just as important today as they have ever been. He speaks truth to us just as He did in Old Testament times in the words that have been preserved for us in the Bible. We can continually learn from these words when we are daily in the word and allow His Word to be a vital part of our everyday life.

Something more for you to read: How Do We Know the Bible is True?

Resource – Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, King James Version.

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Santha Kumar November 12, 2018 at 9:51 pm

Very good site Thanks


Sunshine January 27, 2019 at 11:09 am

Awesome site.


Betsy May 27, 2019 at 12:21 pm

God still speaks audibly to His people. He has spoken to me, twice. Each time was one year apart while I was starting my spring garden. Same place, one year apart, same words. The first time I stopped to see who was behind me.
The second time a year later I looked, but already knew it was God, and only God… I worry about people who do NOT hear from God in the many and various ways He speaks to His own. Only His children hear Him and know His voice. Be familiar with God and His son Jesus Christ, and listen. He will speak to you…in a way you understand and cannot avoid.


Jack Wellman May 27, 2019 at 1:27 pm

Hello Betsy. The problme is, when people believe God speaks to them and they do things contrary to the will of God, then it is the wrong god…the god of this world perhaps. I worry about people who say God speaks audibly to me all the time. That is not the norm at all and is not the nor. Please know that God has spoken to us already in past times (Heb 11:1-2) and God speaks to us most loudly and clearly in the Bible, not in our ears. Be careful with the one you think you are hearing…it may not be the One Who rules heaven, but is satantic…so we should be FAR more worried about those who God speaks audibly too all the time…something is very wrong with this. Please seek counsel. Speak with your pastor.


LH September 3, 2020 at 7:40 pm

What makes you think that God can’t or doesn’t speak audibly to us, yet Satan can? Are you putting Satan’s abilities above God’s? God deals with everyone in a unique way. If God doesn’t speak audibly to you, how can you tell someone else that it’s impossible to audibly hear God? God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Since he spoke audibly in past times, he is perfectly capable of speaking to us in the world today.


Jack Wellman September 4, 2020 at 9:20 am

God speaks to us most clearly thru His Word and His Son (Heb 1:1-2). There is nothing in the New Testament church that teaches believers will hear an audible voice from God. Why would God need to add anything to His Word, the Bible, since it is sufficient knowledge that all might be saved. Any other “voice” may be from another god, so please be careful about what you think you heard and who the actual source is. God speaks to us in all we need to know in Scripture, not thru “audible voices” people hear or think they hear.


Simone Price October 20, 2020 at 5:48 pm

People doubt God speaks to others audibly because they’ve never heard him audibly. They think why you, and why not them? Surely they love God so they would’ve heard more or as much as anyone else. It’s ignorance that causes this doubt. Nowhere in the Bible is it said that God will refrain from speaking directly to his people at some point
– anywhere. I believe the Shepherd knows his sheep. He speaks to those who will hear. My mother considers herself a person of faith but would probably think herself crazy before she thought herself privileged enough to hear from God. From what I’ve seen, God does not speak to closed ears, nor does he waste effort on sheep who do not heed to certain types of communications.
Of course the God will not direct or speak contrary to the word, and he leaves no doubt as to who is speaking. It’s clear as day, and unmistakable.


Jack Wellman October 20, 2020 at 6:12 pm

Again, it says, in the past, God has already spoken to us clearly thru His prophets & His apostles (Heb 1:1), & in these last days thru His Son (Heb 1:2). You set yourself up for hearing from another god, and not the God of the Bible. Why seek an audible voice when Scripture clearly teaches all we need to know. Nothing to add to it, like you portend it to be. Please repent of the doctrinal error, and I pray you are not teaching/misleading others. I will pray for you Simone.

Gosia July 3, 2019 at 3:38 pm

God spoke audibly to me as well. I stopped going to church on Sunday because I was busy working and tired. Then God spoke to me on Sunday, “God is speaking, return home”. My first thought was that it is an evil spirit speaking, but now I think it was really God. I am happy that God invited me home, because I felt rejected from church community, I felt like there was no place for me.


Sade September 17, 2019 at 11:04 am

It’s usually the devil that makes us feel so out of place,meanwhile he keeps other Christian’s that would have been naturally there to encourage you to be so busy with many issues and troubles of life.Many atimes they would even remember you and want to give u a call but they get busy and forget while u are there feeling no one cares about you.Take it from me it’s all part of the devil’s plan to draw you away fromGods people and activities.Stay connected dear and welcome back home.


Jack Wellman September 17, 2019 at 11:34 am

Very well said Sade. Thank you.


Susan February 8, 2020 at 10:09 am

In 47 yrs walking w/ the Lord I have heard his voice twice. I turned to look it was so clear. He spoke my given name and one other time. I also saw a vision one time back in the 80’s.

Although it is not frequent, God can speak to His saints audibly if He chooses to. We just need to be in a place to discern Him and He will meet us however He sovereignly wills. He is the same God as He was when He spoke in ages past. We DO have to discern the voices we hear but God does speak to us audibly today


Jack Wellman February 8, 2020 at 11:04 am

Hello Susan. God speaking to you audibly can be dangerous. It can be the Enemy who appears as an angel of life. The clearest way to hear God speak is not audibly, as you say, but through His Word. Satan has his own sinister ministers and can do miracles too, so be careful about who you think is speaking to you. It may not be who you think it is. Please read this: https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-can-i-know-when-god-is-speaking-to-me/ God does not speak audibly these days. If you think you’ve heard God, you may have been hearing a demon.


Simone Price October 20, 2020 at 5:50 pm

Satan will not instruct people to do God’s word or obey his will as laid out in the word. He is here to steal, kill and destroy. If he speaks to you it will not be to tell you to forgive someone who has wronged you, or yo pray for your enemy, or to fast, or to do anything else to bring you closer
to God. You’re confusing the voices you’ve seen on TV to true spiritual life. God doesn’t leave confusion in anyone’s heart or mind. The holy spiritual convicts us. He would not leave us guessing or wondering if that was him or not.


Jack Wellman October 20, 2020 at 6:09 pm

Hello Simone. Never did I say what you said that “Satan will not instruct people to do God’s Word or obey His Will.” Where did you read this? This is fabrication my friend. Please be kind & honest in your comments. Thank you.


Dan March 13, 2020 at 4:27 am

Attn: Jack Wellman – THANK YOU for your responses in this article. You have the right words and are on track to bring people back to the LORD. That is not easy to do in this world because they really think they heard what they heard “from the LORD”. Please keep helping all people who can’t imagine the power of the Evil One here on earth, and may GOD bless you for all you do to try to inspire all people to think about what you said and return to the LORD for (ALL ETERNITY),
and that my friend is along time. May GOD bless you!


Jack Wellman March 13, 2020 at 9:57 am

Hello Dan. So encouraging sir. Thank you and I pray other godly men’s voice like yours is heard in this age of apostasy.


NC September 10, 2020 at 12:30 am

John 10:3-5
“The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep LISTEN TO HIS VOICE. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because THEY KNOW HIS VOICE. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”


Jack Wellman September 10, 2020 at 9:27 am

Amen. They know His voice and He is the Word so read the Word and you can hear God clearly and not depend on some “voice” which could be Satan.


Rev John M.Isaac July 17, 2021 at 2:52 pm

You are so kind pastor. Thank you for the encouragement for Pam. I heard John MacArthur say, “If it’s not in the Bible, God didn’t say it.”


Jack Wellman July 17, 2021 at 3:23 pm

You are so kind pastor. Thank you for the encouragement. I heard John MacArthur say, “If it’s not in the Bible, God didn’t say it.”


wise-ugine August 16, 2021 at 3:04 pm

I have gleaned a lot from this article and I pray others also receive with meekness the engrafted word of God which will build them up. Thank you and God bless you.


Jack Wellman August 16, 2021 at 8:25 pm

Thank you. Such humility.


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