A few years ago, when I was praying during a church service, God spoke to me audibly. I had been praying that He would speak to me, but what He said threw me completely off guard. God instructed me to let go of someone in my life, and He used their specific name. His voice was deep and clear. It was so loud that it sounded like He was speaking through a microphone, although the entire congregation was silent. My first reaction was to look up immediately and see if anyone else heard… that’s how loud and clear He was.
You may be wondering if I’m crazy, or how I know for sure that it was God’s voice. I won’t argue with you if you think I’m crazy 🙂 But as John 10:5 and 10:27 state, My sheep will hear my voice. The voice of another they will not follow. There was no doubt in my mind that it was God who had spoken to me. I knew instantly, with certainty, that it was Him. Also, this was not a suggestion that I would have made myself, nor was it one that I was fond of at the time.
I wish that I could say that I was immediately obedient, and that I cut off all communication with this person, never to look back again. However, that wasn’t the case. And as always, God confirmed His word to me numerous times.
Why was it so important that I let go of this person? Why was God concerned about this detail in my life? The Bible describes God as our Protector. Just as a loving Father wouldn’t want any harm to come to their child, God also desires to save and protect us. This doesn’t mean that we are immune from life’s difficulties and tragedies. But, in this particular situation, God knew the detriment that being connected to this person would cause. And He instructed me to separate myself.
I don’t know why God chose to speak to me audibly. Perhaps that’s just how urgent and important the message was to Him. Looking back at the turmoil and heartbreak I faced due to disobedience, I can’t help but to thank God. It is simply pure love to have been wanting to save me from that pain. I am so thankful that we serve a God who truly cares about us, who is leading us, and who is willing to intervene when we start heading the wrong way.
Whenever God tells you something, know that it really is for your own good. Our lives are so much more than what we can actually see. And if we knew what was on the other side of our obedience, if we had the same mind and vision that God has, we would be quick to obey Him. But, that’s not the case. We are not able to see the things that God sees or know the things that He does. That’s where trust comes in.
Since we do not hold the same power that God holds, we have to trust in Him when He asks us to do something. When we don’t understand things that are going on in our lives, we have to know that God sees the entire situation, including the solution, and we have to trust that He is leading us on the right path… as long as we are being obedient.
If God is speaking to you about something, don’t take His words lightly. There is reason far beyond what you can understand. God’s instructions to you are a continuation of His love for you. Trust that His plan for your life is good. And if you desire to hear His voice, keep praying and keep seeking Him. God speaks through many ways; His Word, His Spirit, sermons, other people, dreams, etc. We don’t have to go through this life alone or without guidance. The One who created you desires to speak to you. Will you listen?
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5