When I am talking to God I am sometimes surprised by what I hear. God speaks to me in several ways. Sometimes I hear God in words, sometimes in pictures. Most often I hear Him speak with a thought inserted and a sense that He is present, or a realization of truth. Sometimes I wonder if I am hearing him right.
I learned a long time ago to stop putting God in a box and expecting Him to behave in a manner that would keep Him in that box. I know scripture well enough to know when something does not sound right. I also know that God does not tell us something that defies what scripture teaches. So if I hear something that does not add up to scriptural boundaries, I know it was not God talking. I think one of the main fears that Christians have is that God will tell them something that does not match what they were taught in their denomination; they might be led astray. So, they just don’t listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit anymore. What if I got that wrong? Or dd not hear God right? What if that was not God’s voice?
John 10:27 says”My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” (ESV) Jesus said those who belong to him follow him because they hear his voice and he knows them. The Holy Spirit was given to us to “…lead us into all truth…” (John 16:13). That means we don’t know everything we need to know just based on scripture alone. The Holy Spirit is our interpreter. He is our guide to help us know what to do. He will never speak contrary to scripture but will show us the things of God in ways that we can understand. When we rely strictly on our own minds to interpret scripture we get into trouble. When we rely on God to interpret and guide us, we take on the wisdom of God.
As we journey into the unknown aspects of our times and days, the Holy Spirit will guide us, comfort us and keep us on the right path as long as we are willing to listen to Him and submit to Him. Read your Bible and memorize it. The Holy Spirit often uses scripture to guide us and show us the next steps we are to take. Do not be afraid to listen to Him. As you learn what He has to say and learn the sound of His voice, you will not need to fear a misstep or misinterpretation. You will recognize when it is Him speaking and when it is not.
Until next time, many blessings to you!