It is such a beautiful thing that God speaks to us! I mean seriously, what a huge deal that God, the One who spoke the stars into existence and fashioned our cells and flooded the earth, the One who has always existed and is outside of time speaks directly to us. Wow!
There are many times I am confident the Lord has spoke to me very specifically. But there's this little thing about you and I that makes hearing God difficult, fallibility. Our ways and our thoughts are not God's thoughts. So though God may tell us something, we so often add in our own little assumption and from my experience, most often it's the timing. I think of the time I believed the Lord led us to homeschool. (Watch the video above to hear the cool story). I believed He led us to one thing but was then confused and even unreceptive when the Lord was trying to lead me in something that seemed contrary to me. But now, just a couple years later it all makes sense and what I was so resistance toward was clearly the Lord preparing the way for what He led us in. He led us to homeschool but I assumed the timing.
When we belive God has spoken to us about something we need to hold it loosely and not hold it in the place of Scripture. If it really was from God, then it will happen. If not, then it wasn't. Because there is a danger both to us and others when we are unwilling to be humble or willing to consider we may have gotten it wrong. It's dangerous because God takes putting His name on things He didn't really say VERY seriously. People were actually to be stoned in the OT for claiming they heard from God and were wrong. When we hear from God it is better to say "I believe God spoke to me about.." rather than be emphatic and put God's holiness in question if your humanness got in the way. We need to show humility and elevate God's holiness in our minds and hearts. Lets hold thoughts of what He think He told us loosely and hold onto Scripture tightly. (But my favorite way to hear from the Lord is in the morning when I spend time with Him. When He opens my eyes and makes me to understand His Word. What an incredible gift! And really that is the best way to grow in hearing God's voice is by saturating yourself in God's Word.)
Laura, the founder of Missional Women is married and has five kids, two of whom are adopted. Laura and her husband have been missionaries to college students for 13 years serving with Master Plan Ministries where she is the Women's Development Coordinator. Laura has authored 5 books, including an award winning 12 week Bible Study on First Samuel, Beholding Him, Becoming Missional, Reach; How to Use Your Social Media Influence for the Glory of God, and A Devotional Journey through Judges, a devotional to accompany the free online Bible study at TheBookofJudges.com. You can find her on facebook,twitter, pinterest, youtube, instagram and her author site.
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