Dr. Carl Trueman talks about issues that he raises in his book by the same name.
Josh Blount writes a helpful article that should give us some balance to those of us who seem to always be seeking to hear God speak to us.
Discouragement and frustration bounced around in my soul. Why wasn’t I hearing from God?
Something was wrong, but it wasn’t what I thought it was. In hindsight, here was my problem: I was “listening” to God as though he hadn’t already spoken. I was pursuing God as though I had to run him down and tackle him with my fasting and prayers. But God has spoken. As songwriter Michael Card puts it eloquently, “He spoke the incarnation and then so was born the Son / His final Word was Jesus, he needed no other one.” Or as the writer of Hebrews says, “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son”
Blount is moving us in the right direction, but I don’t think he goes far enough. The way many Christians talk today you’d think God was speaking to some people all the time, far more often than he spoke to Abraham, David or Paul. Could it be a mark of spiritual maturity, as some suggest? Or is it a mark of immaturity? Some of the most mature, Biblical theologians I know have said that they have never heard the whisper of God. That’s something worth thinking about.