When God Speaks

Yesterday I had an experience that unsettled me emotionally. I was unsure why. Not long after that I received a text from a friend that filled me with reassurance. Immediately, I was transported from confusion to infusion. That moment was molded into a time of tearful, joyful, connection with God. It was not until this morning that I noticed God’s perfect timing. I experienced the truth of Proverbs 15:23 that “A man has joy in an apt answer, and how delightful is a timely word.” Reflecting back on that moment yesterday, I see that God spoke to me through that text message.

This morning, when I listened, he spoke to me again, using Steven’s Curtis Chapman’s song “Sound of Your Voice” to remind me that He is speaking to me all the time, through many means.

When God speaks to us today, may we have ears to hear.

Experiencing

Comfort,

Calming,

Reassurance,

Inspiration,

Joy,

Peace.

Our Abba rarely speaks audibly but he does speak clearly

To those who will tune in and listen.

Sound Of Your Voice

There’s a mockingbird singing outside my window
There’s a little girl calling my name
And I hear Your voice
It’s the sound of Your voice
There’s a gentle breeze whispering
Stories and secrets through the branches of the old willow tree
And I hear Your voice
It’s the sound of Your voice

God, You know how much I wish I could just hear You say the words
And answer all the questions everybody’s asking
But until I hear You speak
Will You help me hear the songs You’re singing over all this noise
I will be listening for the sound of Your voice

There’s a little boy’s eyes looking up from a postcard
He’s asking “Will you show me love”
And I hear Your voice
I hear the sound of Your voice
There’s a woman who’s crying ‘cause her hope is dying
And a friend whispers “You are not alone”
And I hear Your voice
I hear the sound of Your voice

God, You know how much I wish I could just hear You say the words
And answer all the questions everybody’s asking
But until I hear You speak
Will You help me hear the songs You’re singing over all this noise
I will be listening for the sound of Your voice

And I’ll close my eyes for a moment
When I open them again
You’ll be standing there face to face
And I’ll sing for joy
And I will finally hear Your voice

With every sunrise You tell me again
How Your mercies are new
How Your love never ends
I will be listening for the sound of Your voice
In the crash of the thunder
In the roar of the waves
I hear Your strong arm calling my name
I will be listening for the sound of Your voice
The sound of Your voice
I am listening
I am listening

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4 thoughts on “When God Speaks

  1. nonsupernaturalist

    Growing up fundamentalist/evangelical, I was told that as a born-again Christian God would “speak to me”, “move me”, and “lead me” so that I would know and could follow his will. I listened to others talk about how God spoke to them, moved them, and led them to do this and to do that…but He never did the same for me. I finally came to the conclusion that there must be something wrong with me because God had decided he didn’t want to talk to me. So I left the Church.

    Many years later I became an orthodox Lutheran and was told that God doesn’t work like that. The evangelicals are wrong. The voice they are listening to is their own. According to “true” Christianity, God speaks to Christians in only one manner: through his Word, the Bible.

    That gave me a lot of peace…until I found out that the “Word” is full of discrepancies, errors, and scribe alterations.

    I was very sad (and angry) to find out—it is ALL nonsense.

    So what about my problem of not hearing the “voice” that other evangelicals were hearing speak, move, and lead them? After deconverting completely from Christianity, I came to realize that it was THEM, not me, that had the problem. They were hearing voices. I was the sane one…who did not.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment and for sharing your story honestly. It sounds like you felt disillusioned by religion and I can see why.

      Personally, I have found hearing God to be a journey. For me, hearing God’s voice was never an audible experience. But my sense of connection with God has deepened through asking God to speak and, in faith, believing that what I hear is from God, when it comes to me in loving words or imagery. I admit, this COULD be my own voice but I choose to trust that whether it is my own voice or God’s voice, it is still what I need to hear and I have found deep encouragement through the experience. I have also looked for meaning in nature and found it. I have chosen to “hear” God through music, the words of a loving friend, the Bible, and other places. I choose to believe this is God speaking to me, where others would shrug it off as coincidence. Believing it is God is a choice on my part. I have found these experiences to be my deepest spiritual experiences and I am grateful for them.

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