I love talking to my family and friends on the phone. It is so much more personal than a text message or email. Last night, I called my oldest daughter, Taylor, who is away for the first time at school. When she answered the phone neither one of us had to ask whom we were talking to. After almost 16 years, I immediately recognize her voice and she recognizes mine.
This phenomenon is the same with any relationship. In order to recognize someone’s voice, we have to spend time getting to know him or her.
I have had people ask me, but what about with God? How can you be certain what you are hearing is actually from God? Since, I have never heard His voice audibly, I have to ask myself a series of questions to see if what I am hearing is from God or not.
The following list of questions is from Lysa TerKeurst’s book, What Happens When Women Say Yes to God. (A special thanks to my dear friend, Kristy Aiken, for making this beautiful picture incorporating the five key questions).
By filtering everything through these five questions, I can quickly determine whether something is from God or not. He will never contradict Himself and His Word.
At this point in my life, I do not want to simply push my own agenda. I long to live a life saying Yes to God and therefore, I must make certain it is God’s voice I am following.
The next time you hear a still small voice, I encourage you to examine it to see who is on the other end.
What about you, how do you discern God’s voice? What steps have you taken to make certain you can recognize His voice?