In my recent travels around different churches consequent to my illness one thing I have picked up is the need to be aware that God is speaking. My emphasis here is on the present tense. We can sometimes offload the God who vocalises himself in the past: He did speak, or into the future: He will speak. But God is the living God who is speaking today.
I fear our conduct after services can betray the attitude that we do not believe God speaks. Generally if we have been in the presence of someone important who has spoken on an issue we will speak among ourselves about what has been said. I fear that is so very often lacking in our churches.
Perhaps we don’t hear God speak because we don’t feel the need for Him to speak. After all I have acquired a certain amount of Biblical information over the years that will be enough for me to keep going in the right direction. Accordingly, we come to church with little expectation of anything happening through the preached Word.
Now in saying what I have I am not arguing for the ongoing gift of prophecy. I believe that this gift terminated at when the Word of God was completed. We now have a more sure Word of prophecy.
However, I think we should be expecting God to come and speak when His Word is accurately declared. Even after services we should be asking about whether there was anything that has particularly affected us from the Lord into our lives.