If you lived in biblical times and needed to contact someone, how would you do it? Obviously, you couldn’t just give them a phone call or text them quickly. Everything had to be communicated either face-to-face or through letters. Since there wasn’t a postal service back then, letters would be carried by messengers who would travel for days in order to deliver the message there and return with an answer.
In these biblical narratives, God needed to get a message to His people. He needed to tell them they were heading in the wrong direction; He was the one true God they should worship. God sent Elijah to be a prophet, a kind of messenger, to the people of Israel because they turned away from Him. He spoke to Elijah, and Elijah shared His messages with the people, even though it was dangerous. God spoke through Elijah in order to save His people.
God still communicates with us today! While we might not physically hear His voice, He gives us His Word through the Bible. He uses people like pastors, teachers, and others around us to share His Word. Since communication is a two-way street, we can talk to God through prayer. God invites us to bring our every request to Him, and He promises to answer. Even more than all that: God’s Word was made into human flesh through Jesus, our true prophet, priest, and king, who saved us from our sins.