My previous blog post inspired a question that–when I tried to answer–I realized it needed more than just a simple comment–mostly because I cannot fully or technically explain the still, small voice of God’s spirit in a few sentences.
So… In order to do this question justice, I am writing out the answer in a post all its own.
First let me say that I am not a Biblical scholar so I can only answer from my own personal experience. I should also like to note that my relationship with God has nothing whatsoever to do with religion and it is incredibly complex, impossible to fully explain in a comment. . . thus this post.
Second, in my quest to answer the question more fully, I asked my mother and my daughter about their own experiences with the voice of our Heavenly Father and both of their answers were slightly different–both from mine and from each other–so it follows that everyone may have a slightly different experience with it. Ironically enough that just makes it more difficult to properly explain. . .
The voice of God is not audible.
What do I mean by that–and this is important because it deals with the meat of Sam’s question. Well, I mean exactly what I said… the voice of God is not like your mother’s. You do not hear it out loud like you hear your kids or your friends or your earthly parents. I hear it in my soul. My mother hears it in her head (sort of like a thought, but not exactly). And my daughter says it’s just like her own thoughts, only she knows it’s not her thoughts.
Again, different people experience this in different ways which A) makes it difficult to explain… and B) makes it impossible to prove.
Sam also asked about how you know it is God who is speaking (nudging). The problem with this is that you don’t always know. We have a deceiver (the enemy of God: the devil) who also likes to whisper things to us; trying to frighten us, trying to confuse us, trying to convince us it’s OK to do bad things. And it’s not always easy for Christians (even the most devout) to tell the difference because… he’s a liar and he’s REALLY skilled at it. The only real way to combat this is to first ask yourself if what you’re thinking feels like the right thing… and then pray about it.
The voice of God is not easy.
“ask yourself if what you’re thinking feels like the right thing… and then pray about it.”
That sounds easy, but it’s not because sometimes we confuse feeing like the wrong thing for feeling like a scary thing. Sometimes God asks us to step out in faith and do something crazy, something that takes a lot more courage than we think we have, sometimes even something that feels like it could be a really bad idea.
It’s not that doing the thing God asks could hurt someone or go against His law… more like it could cause you embarrassment because God wants you to start up a conversation with a total stranger and you’re the most introverted person on the planet.
It’s all about FAITH.
And this is where Faith comes in. At the end of the day all we have is Faith.
Yes, even non-Christian scholars and historians admit the existence of Jesus Christ, but He was (to them) just a man and they don’t admit that his existence automatically means there is a God or that “our” God is the only one.
It takes faith–and having faith is hard. Sometimes it feels impossible and Christians lose their faith or struggle with their faith all the time.
Now, I don’t know if this makes a difference or not, but looking at the name of our questioner’s blog makes me think it does… I can assure you that my hearing God’s voice has nothing whatsoever to do with having been indoctrinated to think I could. Even though I was brought up in church, there was never one thing I found within those four walls that drew me to God.
No, I never doubted His existence because, when I look around at the beautiful, amazing, breathtaking world we inhabit, it has always made more sense that it is the product of Grand design rather than some ridiculous, unpredictable, unexplainable cosmic accident. But I did not get that attitude from church, and I was not even able to properly express it until adulthood.
My faith is the result of a life lived on one end of the spectrum: little miss goody two shoes –Yes, that was actually my nickname in school… then life lived on the other end of the spectrum; as far away from how I was brought up as physically and emotionally possible. I was the bad, bad, bad girl; the kind of girl even my friends were embarrassed to introduce to their mother. I did things that I don’t even want to know about myself.
And then God’s plan stepped in. He took the wreck of my life and He gave me a chance to dig my way out; to start over, to have another chance. By all rights, I should not have survived some of the things I got into, but God had a plan for me and He was not done with me yet, so He used the circumstances I gave Him and He gently (or not so gently depending on how you look at it) nudged me back to the path He wanted me on.
And while I am not the perfect little miss goody two shoes now, the things I have changed in my life are things I changed because I wanted to, not because someone in church told me to and not because it’s what my parents wanted me to… because I personally felt a desire to do so.
I chose to listen to the still, small voice in my soul that told me I was worth more, that I could do more, that I could be more, that I had a purpose in this life. I started leaning on my loving Heavenly Father for help and support through life’s storms and I will never regret making that choice.
And I hope that you decide to listen too–because God Loves You and He wants what is best for you in this life… and the one after!
©Naomi Claire 2018