Maybe we cannot expect extraordinary direction from God in our time so much, like what happened to Samuel and Joseph. However, whenever we face doubtful cases, we can hear God’s voice by hints from the word of God, the debates of conscience, and advice of faithful and Godly friends and elders. By each of these, applying the general principles of the word of God, we should in all the steps of our life, particularly the great turns of it, such as this of Joseph’s, take direction from God and we will find it safe to do as He commands us.
Maybe we could not perceive God’s voice because we had not filled ourselves enough with the knowledge of God. We rely more on our abilities to analyze our situations. Most of us are good in crisis management but when management skills could not work anymore, life goes into recession. In the end, you would realize that you had been actually in spiritual bankruptcy.
As Christians, as much as we can, we need to live at the center of God’s righteousness. Walk within the will of God and not swerve to either left or right. The Lord wants to remind us that we are His children and the apple of His eye. He will not leave us unguided however; we need to fill ourselves with the word of God that we may recognize His “voice” whenever we hear it. Just as what the Lord has said, “I am the Good Shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine”. –John 10:14 (KJV2000-DSB)