“God spoke to me.”
I can’t remember the first time I ever heard the phrase “God spoke to me” uttered by someone. I think I was a child when I heard it first.
Growing up in church and being around people of faith, that phrase never really surprised me much. Lots of people said it. I never really gave much thought to it, just assuming that was what God did. He spoke to people.
But what does that even mean?
Does God actually speak to people?
Were those people actually hearing from God?
If it’s true, then what was I missing out on?
And if He does speak, is it audible? How do you know if God is speaking to you? Is there some kind of science behind it? Or is it just a feeling? (or more than a feeling? – insert cheezy Boston shoutout)
Well, I can tell you that I have never heard the audible voice of God. Some people say they have heard God speak to them, but I have a skeptical spirit that leads me to believe that when people say “God spoke to Me”, they’ve either heard something other than the voice of God or they’re about to tell me something that they just want me to hear because they have an agenda they are wanting to push on me and they are using God’s name to do it.
Now, before I get started, let me make this disclaimer.
My experience isn’t the authority on these things. If I sit here and write these words expecting you to take it all in like Kool-Aid about God’s voice, your ability to hear it, or anything else pertaining to divine communication, then I will have failed in achieving my desired result in writing all of this.
Oswald Chambers said it best, “Never make a principle out of your experience, let God be as original with other people as He has been with you.”
So with that in mind, understand that my experience does not make these ideas a principle for you. My experience, hopefully will shine a light on what, for many people, is a dark and uncharted path of understanding the way God communicates with each of us. It is my belief that God does so on an individual basis and so my aim is to help you understand how to proceed with life once you get clear communication from Him.
Some would say that I should try and teach these things out of my own experience without using the Bible. They (whoever “they” are) would argue that using a religious text will turn off most of my readers. And in the culture I live in (that would be the one of American persuasion), they would suggest that I am pigeon-holing myself to only a “Christian” audience.
I’m not really sure about all of that. All I know is that there aren’t a whole lot of books out there that have as long and dependable a track record as the Old and New Testament scriptures. The reliability of that book is a conversation for another day and another book.
What I have found in my lifetime (44 years as of this writing) is that no other book has been able to capture the essence of what life is all about, offer a meaningful purpose for my life, or create in me hope that the future can and will be brighter than it is right now. No other book that I could quote can offer words that actually give and sustain life. That has been my experience and the experience of millions of others who have gone down the path of reading and living by the Book. You can judge for yourself whether you want to believe or be challenged by the Bible and I don’t think you have to be a “Christian” or a religious person to be able to comprehend the things I write here.
If I can offer you hope, then I’ve accomplished my mission.
If I can shed a little light on your darkness, then I’ll have come closer to your heart.
If I can open a door for you that you’ve been trying to pry open all your life, then I’ll have fulfilled a personal dream and goal.
So, without further prolonging this introduction…let’s get started!