If we look at the book of Exodus, we see God leading Moses and guiding his people out of slavery in Egypt and through the years of wandering in the wilderness and on toward the promise land.
In Chapter 2 we read of how Moses’ sister was given the wisdom to get baby Moses back into the care of his own mother and how she had hid him in the bulrushes. In this story there is no mention of God at all. It seems that God just allowed Moses’ sister to use her own mind and wisdom. This stands in great contrast to the following chapter where we read about the Burning bush experience of Moses.
In Exodus 5 Moses and Aaron become God’s instruments to bring God’s guidance and direction to Pharaoh. The tell him the word of the Lord, but Pharaoh ignores is (Exodus 5:2). So God speaks to Pharaoh through the series of plagues.
Today as we can read the story of Israel’s journey through the wilderness to Canaan in one go, but for the people at the time they could only see ‘one step at a time’. In Exodus 17:1 we read they ‘set out… travelling from place to place as the Lord commanded’. God often leads us in this way, where we can not see beyond the next step. Israel found this very difficult as do we, but God promise to guide us in the perfect way.
We have seen some of the fundamental ways God guides in Exodus, but we also note that God often spoke to Moses in an audible voice and that He led the Israel in the visible form of the pillar of cloud and fire.
This leads us to the question then, ‘Does God still guide us such clear, tangible ways’? I believe yes. It is clear that God still leads his people with an audible voice and visible ways, when He sees that we need such clear and direct guidance. But I believe that far more often God speak to us in what some call ‘the inner ear’. This is when God speaks to our spirit, mind, and conscience. It’s not audible, but we know we have heard from God.