1. Abram -Genesis 13:16 Abram had problems with his relatives. God spoke to Abram after he seperated from a "Lot" and promised to make his descendents as the dust of the earth.
2. Rebekah -Genesis25:23 God answered Rebekah and Isaac's prayers with a troubled pregnancy. When Rebekah asked God why her body seemed to be in turmoil, if the pregnancy was His gift, God spoke to her and told her the babies were twins, and were fighting inside her.
3. David - 2 Samuel 7:16-17 David became King, and was so happy to have a home after being a fugitive, that he decided to build God a house (Temple.) When he informed the Prophet, God was moved almost to tears, and absolutely delighted! God spoke and said, "You want to build ME a house?! All these years I've never asked even once for a house, and YOU are going to build ME a house?! I promise you, I will build YOUR house forever. Your kingdom and your throne will have no end, and I will never forget you! You will always be my son, and I will always be your Father! Yes, I will accept this house you want to build me!"
4. Isaiah -Isaiah 6:8 In a time of political upheaval, after the King of his country died, and the people had no leadership, Isaiah turned his eyes from the empty throne, to the heavens. There he saw God, sitting on a throne in all His glory! God spoke to him and asked, "Who will I send to carry my Word, and who will go for me?" Isaiah said, "Here I am! Send me, God! Send me!" (Like a benched kid in little league pleading, 'Put me in Coach!' I am sure he was jumping up and down hoping to be given the shot.)
5. Jeremiah -Jeremiah 1:5 The son of a Preacher, a young kid still in his early teens, became disillusioned with all the crap he saw going on in the church. This kid was paying attention to the messages, and knew God was real! But, so many didn't seem to believe anything the Word said. One day God spoke to him. God told him he saw him in his Mother's womb, before he was born, and had known he would carry His Words then. Now, Jeremiah would be God's messenger. Jeremiah protested that he was just a kid, and he could never do that! But, God told him not to be afraid, no matter what kinds of faces the people made at him, he was to steel his heart and speak the Word without fear of man, because the country and church were going to fall.
6. Satan -Job 1:8 The angels, good and bad, must stand in answer before God as he commands. On one of these meetings, God spoke to the fallen angel who had led a rebellion against Him many years before. God said, "Have you noticed what a good man my servant Job is? He turns away from evil, and he fearfully respects me!" God was bringing Job up to Satan because Satan has dominion on the earth, and is known to be looking for chances to fowl things up for the human creatures of God, to drive them away from God's heart. He was pointing out that all Satan's efforts were no good on Job, because believe you me, Satan had tried and failed with Job before!
7. Moses -Exodus 3:5 An adopted young man in Egypt had murdered an Egyptian man in a fit of rage. Though he had been brought up by the Princess herself, in the Palace, he fled into the desert, living with a nomadic family of Bedouins, tending their sheep. His native nationality had been Hebrew, and he was familiar with the ways of the Hebrews; having 'hung out' with them in childhood. The Egyptians saw shepherding as filthy, disgusting work, but it was an occupation the Hebrews enjoyed. Yet, it was quite lonely work, as he spent many days and nights alone with the sounds of nothing but sheep bleating in the wilderness. Then, one evening he came across a bush on fire, with flames that didn't consume the bush. He stopped in his tracks to see this phenomenon, and God spoke to him from the bush. "Take off your shoes, for you are on holy ground!" The ground was special, because that was the spot God was going to speak to Moses from. God called him from there to lead His people out of captivity in Egypt. God called - Moses delivered!
8. Hosea -Hosea 1:2 God spoke to a man in Israel and told him to marry a young girl with a bad background. Even though she had been raised as a prostitute, God said Hosea was to take her out of that lifestyle, and marry her. God used this object lesson to compare Hosea's wife's redemption to the way He cleaned us up while we were selling ourselves to the world, and made us His own.
Yes, the common thread is that God spoke to each of these believers. Satan believes too, and trembles! James 2:19 It is an odd list! Does God still speak to us? Just listen. He's already spoken to you today!
James 2:19 You believe that there is one God; you do well: the demons also believe, and tremble.