God’s native tongue is not English. God has no native tongue. In fact, God does not have a tongue or a mouth. So, how is it that God speaks to us? What does is mean for God to “speak?” Many Christians desire to hear God’s audible voice and do not. They read their Bibles and pray, quiet their hearts, and wait for a still, small voice. And some report that eventually they do “hear” something, though they would clarify it was communicated to them in their hearts. Others, however, hear nothing and become frustrated.
It is a Western activity to pray and expect to be given an answer in English. Certainly, God can communicate in any language. But, any invisible being can whisper something in your ear and say that it is God. (Let’s hope you can detect the authentic voice.) But, this is not a means of communication that is specific to God. What happens when God speaks?… Creation. Those who expect an audible English voice ignore the Godly communication already going on around them. That’s the difference between human communication and God’s. We say “tree” and refer to the brown, tall, leafy thing in front of us. God says “tree” and there it is. The brown, tall, leafy thing is at once His word and its referent. God’s voice is the tree’s existence. If God were to stop speaking, the tree would no longer exist. So, when we pray, don’t expect an audible reply. Look around you. God never stops speaking.