I remember when I first got saved back in 1982. The gentleman that helped me find the Lord was named Guy Traynham. I wish I knew where he was today. I’ve tried to find him on Facebook to no avail, but anyway, he was a huge part of my conversion, in fact he is the one who baptized me in the swimming pool at my apartment complex in Honolulu Hawaii. I got saved out at sea while I was in the Navy stationed in Hawaii.
Guy was such a spiritual person. He was very open about his relationship with Christ. He wore a cross necklace and always had his bible with him. He was a “tongue speaker” and would often “say things” when he was happy or saddened that sounded like gibberish to me, but I always thought it was super cool for some reason. The other thing about him that I thought was really cool is that he seemed to be able to literally “hear” the voice of God speaking to him.
Many times we’d be enjoying the Lord together and he would say “The Lord told me” or, “I heard the Lord tell me”, things like that. In my mind I would marvel and think to myself, “man I wish I could hear the Lord like that”. Now with Guy, I felt there was something very genuine about it. Maybe because he was the one who brought me to the Lord I naturally had a lot of trust in what he was saying, I don’t know. I never questioned him about it to my recollection. I pretty much just accepted the notion that Guy had a direct connect with God that was so strong that he could actually hear Him.
On the other hand, I’ve seen and heard others say “…and the Lord said to me”, and the likes of such, where I was very doubtful of it. I’m especially doubtful when the person who’s saying such a thing is asking for money, or explaining why they’re living such a lavish lifestyle. In these situations I tend to feel that there’s some malarkey going on. I’ve even heard of some talking about these extremely vivid experiences they’ve had with God to the point where they were actually standing face to face with Him having a conversation with him. Again, in these instances, I’ve always felt that maybe they’re not so genuine.
But here’s the deal… What do I know? Who am I to say if someone literally hears the voice of God or not? How do I know if this person who said they were face to face with Christ wasn’t? The truth is, I don’t know. Not only do I not know, but it’s not my place to judge such a thing. God knows the truth and that’s all that matters.
So why am I bringing all this up? Because I’m searching for the voice of God right now. I’m going through a situation where I really need to hear the voice of God. I mean I’m literally pulling the “show me a sign” card to figure out what the heck I’m supposed to do about my situation. I really need to know what it is I’m supposed to do straight from God Himself on this one. I don’t want to make a mistake. I want to do what’s right.
Now I’ve always thought of myself to be a pretty spiritual person. I’m very faithful to read the word every day. In fact according to the Bible app on my iPhone I’m at 324 straight days. I also believe I have “a sense” of God in Christ as the Spirit in me. I do believe that we are the temple of God and the Spirit of God lives in us. It’s this “sense” coupled with the word that’s always been my way of hearing God. The truth is, I don’t know if that’s how God speaks to me, but it’s all I’ve got! The problem is, in this matter of mine, I’m just not sure if what I’m “sensing” is God or if it’s just my own thoughts. I’ve never heard “the voice of God” come at me like James Earl Jones telling me exactly what to do, and I’m pretty sure I won’t in the immediate future. So what do I do? How do I hear Him?
In situations like this, we often get together with others from the Church to discuss the situation and see what they think. This is indeed what I believe I need to do. The only problem with this is my crazy mind where now I’m going to question if they are hearing the voice of God, or if it’s just their human opinions. Ugh… Lord help me…
I guess at the end of the day it’s going to have to be a combination of everything. I’ll need to dig into the word, fellowship with the brothers and sisters, and just meditate on the situation to see if I can figure out what I’m supposed to do, and at some point just go for it trusting God’s involvement in the matter.
I believe God is faithful to answer us, or “speak to us” when we earnestly seek Him in such a way, and that through this process I’ll do the right thing. I’ve been on the other side many times where I’ve given advice to others, and when I’ve done it, I’ve always felt good about it. So I’m sure that after I fellowship with the Saints, I’ll feel better about my situation and come to the right decision.
My question is, what are you thoughts on all this? I’d love to get your feedback in the comments.
Thanks so much for taking the time to respond.