Don’t second guess the voice of God….
God communicates with us in so many ways. First and foremost, the beauty of it is that He wants to communicate with us. For some of us it is a feeling we get, perhaps an inkling, or we hear Him, or the usually ‘something’ told me. Well, the Holy Spirit is not a ‘thing’ or an ‘it’, but He does communicate with us. The trick is to be sensitive to the voice of God.
About five months ago I was leaving my office to go in the field to do some work. I had the thought to grab two pens, but I figured that I didn’t need two and I grabbed the one that had the most ink. Well, when I got out there, my partner forgot his pen and needed one. Needless to say, had I grabbed the two pens that the Holy Spirit was leading me to grab, we would not have been scrambling for another pen.
One day I was getting ready for work and I had the thought to wear a white t-shirt under my sweater. I shrugged it off and wore my usual tank top. I was basically dressed in all black. Of course I ended up working an outside scene in the middle of the day, 90 + degrees, no shade, dressed in all black, and couldn’t take my sweater off because I only had on a tank top. Yes I sweated my tail off, but the Holy Spirit was trying to guide me that morning.
About four weeks ago, my co-workers and I were going out in the field to do some work, one of them asked me if I wanted to ride but I had the thought to take my own car in case I got the chance to go to Bible Study at lunch. I declined the ride. A short while later a driver ran the red light and plowed into the front passenger side of his car, totaling it, and sending him to the hospital. I was extremely glad that I listened to the Holy Spirit.
My husband bought me a new wallet for Mother’s day, but I had been dragging my feet on switching over the contents of my old wallet to the new. So I was heading into the mall and I just grabbed the new wallet, placed my debit card and a Barnes and Nobles discount card in it (I was debating buying a book). As I was zipping it up I had the fleeting thought to grab my ID, but I shrugged it off. I wasn’t buying anything to where I would need ID. I purchased some items and then went into Hallmark to get some Father’s day cards. At the register, the cashier asked for ID. Of course! I said why do you need ID? She said you didn’t sign the back of your card….I have been using that new card for about 10 months and she was the first person who ever asked for ID. But she was right. And the Holy Spirit was trying to tell me this, even though the ‘thought’ was extremely fleeting.
Two days ago, I was driving home and the thought came to call a friend and check on her. I remember the time and moment exactly. It was 5:52 pm and I thought to myself, she might still be at work or probably home with her family by now and I don’t want to disturb her. Well about an hour and a half later she reached out to me and said she needed to talk. On top of that she was sick and hadn’t gone to work that day!
In all but one of these scenarios I was obedient to God. I have so many scenarios like this, many of which I was obedient and didn’t second guess, going along with the feeling or thought. Many others where I was disobedient. I struggle sometimes with the ‘thoughts’ because they seem so simple and I question whether they are my thoughts or God. Well I asked this question of my pastor one day and he said “when you are in tune with God, your thoughts are His thoughts”.
It feels as if God is training me to ‘hear’ Him however He comes. He said to me that I can’t ‘see around the corner’ and that’s why it is so imperative that I heed the voice of the Holy Spirit. In every scenario I didn’t know what was ahead but in each scenario God did! I cannot see around the corner.
I am sure we all have stories like mine. In every one of them, when we don’t listen, we can’t be mad at anyone but ourselves. God is always speaking. But just like in 1 Kings 19:11-21, God spoke to Elijah in a soft gentle whisper. He was not in the wind, earthquake or fire. God doesn’t want to compete for our attention so He will not yell above what we have going on. But when we are walking in God’s will and we are staying in constant communication with Him, then we have to be confident that our thoughts are His thoughts. But only when we are in tuned with Him. For some of us, second guessing can cause us serious bodily injury or even our life.
Second guessing is detrimental to us as Christians because sometimes we need to make split-second decisions and only the Holy Spirit can tell us which decision is the right one. At the end of the day we want His guidance in everything that we do. We truly don’t want to do it without Him. So even when He tells us which route to take to work, what clothes to wear, where to stand in line, who to call, what to say, what to eat etc. This is all training. But this makes our life so much easier and our Christian-walk all the more exciting 🙂
Truth be told, we are actually disobedient when we don’t heed to the direction of the Holy Spirit no matter how innocuous the direction or consequence. I encourage each of you to listen and be confident. You do hear God, but like me, you just can’t see around the corner.
Please share some of your own stories so we can strengthen each other, because sometimes we think we are the only ones experiencing these things. Remember, we do overcome by the words of our testimony.