Read: Proverbs 4:18, Psalm 37:23-24, Proverbs 2:6-9
We’ve all been there at some point. You’re thinking that God is speaking to you about something, but you’re not quite sure. You don’t want to just dismiss God’s voice, but you’re wondering if it really is God speaking to you or if it’s just your own inner voice. How can we know the difference? Just as you would learn to recognize someone’s voice in the natural, the more time you spend in fellowship with God, in prayer and by reading His Word, the more familiar His voice will become.
One of the ways I began to practice listening for God’s voice was to write down what I felt God was telling me during my prayer and devotion time. I made a point to stop talking and to listen while I was praying. If I felt God was saying something to me, I would write it down. If it really was something God had said, He would confirm it and I would know it was His voice. This helped me to keep track of what God was telling me and helped me to recognize His voice.
Here are some things to remember about identifying God’s voice:
God will never tell you to do something contrary to what His Word says. God gives us His Word for instruction (2 Timothy 3:16). He will never give you instructions that conflict with His Word. God is not confused, and He doesn’t change His mind. He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
When God tells you something, you will have inner peace about it. Colossians 3:15 in the Amplified Bible says, “And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds…]” If you think God is telling you to do something but you don’t have peace about it, don’t do it. No peace, no go!
God’s voice will never bring confusion. 1 Corinthians 14:33 tells us that God is not the author of confusion, but of peace. God’s wisdom goes hand in hand with peace (James 3:17). When God is telling you something, it should bring peace and not confusion. Confusion is never from God.
I heard Kenneth Copeland’s grandson tell the story of when he asked his grandfather how he was able to live a life of obedience to God. He simply said, “you wake up in the morning, obey Him that day, and when you wake up the next day, you do the same thing.”
It really is that simple. We hear God’s voice and obey Him one step at a time, and one day at a time. That will add up to a life of obedience.
Be salt and light,