I believe it is time to wrap up our series on hearing God’s voice. I have not taught everything there is to know. I am still learning myself. I have tried to share enough insights to encourage you to seek more on your own.
I will close with a few words concerning visions, angels, and the audible voice of God. Each of these is a valid mode of His divine communication. You can find awe-inspiring testimony to each in the pages His Word and in testimony of believers throughout the centuries.
Visions became interchangeable with “the word of the Lord” to Old Testament prophets. Peter’s vision changed the entire focus of the church toward reaching the Gentiles. John’s vision fills the pages of Revelation and gives readers insight into the end times.
Only once in my life have I known a true vision. During a time when I was in deep repentance of sin, I saw before me the crucifixion. It was as if the scene was playing on video and I could not stop it. I wanted to. It was agony for me to see His pain because of my sin. It served as a reminder of His grace then and still today nearly 20 years later.
Visions happen when we are awake and as John put it “in the Spirit”. As with divine dreams, they come with a message that confirms the truth of His Word and of His character. They can be prophetic as well as reflective. Some are personal for you. Others are to be shared to edify the church. I strongly recommend that before sharing any message, you test it against God’s truths and confirm it under the counsel of godly mentors.
Far too often, immaturity and impatience has caused His holy name to be defiled when believers speak without discernment. His name is at stake. Your reputation can be hurt. I encourage you to be safe rather than sorry. I believe with all my heart that God will honor your desire to keep His name holy. He will be patient with you and give you all the confirmation you need. Trust Him and He will trust you with His visions.
Angels in Holy Scripture are often the messengers of God to man. Abraham, Lot, Daniel, and Mary were just a few who encountered angels. The Bible has multiple testimonies to their work for the Kingdom. We cannot dismiss their effectiveness. God still uses angels today.
Stories of angels protecting missionaries on the front line of battle are my favorites. Even my Sunday school children delight in hearing the same ones over and over. Angels have been used to guide believers toward the safest routes when they were blindly heading to disaster. Angels have been sent to deliver answers to questions.
Mike wonders if it were angels who stood outside the office door when he was struggling to unlock a code on the computer. He had worked for hours and in desperation cried out for God’s help. Almost immediately two young men stood in the doorway and in conversation one shared the code with another. They then just walked off.
Years ago when Mike and I were seeking confirmation about our move to Arizona. Driving home from school, I picked up an elderly hitchhiker on a road in West Virginia. He was a delightful man that I guessed to be in his 80s. He started praising the Lord almost instantly of settling into our van. He, without prompting from me, began to talk of the need for God’s workers in Arizona. It was such a divine moment that my children, who were young at the time, were even taken aback. After awhile, he suddenly said let me off here. I turned into the vacant lot of a church and he opened the sliding door of our van. I was just about to offer to help him out when he winked and jumped onto the pavement. He slammed the door and began to skip away. The kids and I giggled and looked back to see where he could be going since the lot was vacant. He was gone. We never saw him again. We soon moved to Arizona to fulfill God’s mission.
The same warning applies here as with all methods of communication. Confirm it with His Word and character. Use godly mentors to keep you accountable. Test and approve all messages with the whole counsel of God’s Word. Be trustworthy of His Voice and His messengers.
The final method is that of an audible voice. This is one method where I have no personal experience. I must admit the thought of it terrifies me. I know how the Israelites were shaken at Mount Sinai when the voice of God thundered from the mountain. One thing I know for sure, if I ever heard the audible voice of my God, I would know it. There would be no doubt. The thunderous voice that sounds like rushing waters has the power to twist the bark from trees and move mountains. His voice can fell His enemies and calm storms. This voice would shake me to my core and leave me speechless.
I long to hear His voice. But I am content if He chooses to allow me to hear it for the first time when I step into His glory. My truest desire is to hear Him say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”