Putting Words In God’s Mouth

I’m curious. 

What does God’s voice sound like?

If I had to guess, I think it would be a cross between Morgan Freeman, Charleton Heston, Edward Hermann, Michael Buble or Frank Sinatra, and someone who has a super-deep bass. Someone like the old gospel singer, JD Sumner.

But I don’t really know, because I’ve never heard it.

So when someone says, “God spoke to me,” what does that really mean?

There have only been a few times in my life, and really, I can count them on one hand, when I know that God has been speaking to me in a specific moment.

The rest of the time, I’ve either discerned his “voice” after a lesson He’s wanted me to learn, or via scripture, or based on a recurring theme that seems to pop up in my life, making me aware that He wants me to pay attnetion to something specific.

But sometimes I worry–am I really hearing him, or am I putting words in His mouth?

Have you ever opened the Bible and read a scripture that seemed to directly apply to a situation in your life, or seemed to answer a question you’d been pondering?

Is that God speaking, or is that pure coincidence?

I never want to judge too quickly on that one. I never want to assume that God is speaking to me just because I come across something that seems to answer my question or address my problem, or just because I suddenly have a “feeling”.

We all know that feelings can be fleeting. 

So what do I do in this situation? I pray. 

I pray for discernment. I pray for guidance. I pray that if God is genuinely speaking, that he’ll make it clear so that I’ll have no doubt.

Sometimes He does, and other times I know I’ve tried to put words in His mouth.

I’ve heard people claim that they’ve heard God “speak” to them, and I wonder…did He really?

I certainly can’t judge another person’s relationship with God, but I do know one thing–

You can’t hear God if you aren’t listening.

You can’t hear him if you aren’t being still, taking the opportunity to sit in His presence and develop a relationship so close that when He does speak, you recognize Him immediately.

And you can’t hear Him if you are talking over Him–putting words in His mouth.

But I’ve never “heard” the voice of God, and like many of you, I wish I could.

I yearn for a burning bush that would speak to me, clarifying the things I worry about.

I yearn for a mountain to scale and be in the presence of the Holy One who would blind me with his very countenance.

But I’ll settle for the ways in which I do hear him. They aren’t audible, but they work for me.

My son’s know when their father is calling them. They recognize his voice. They know what he means. They understand his inflection and tone, and they know better than to put words in his mouth.

That’s the kind of relationship I want with my Heavenly Father; one in which I know him so well that recognizing his voice is automatic, instinctive, and equated with a love deeper than my own understanding.

Share with me: How does God speak to you? How do you know it’s Him?

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9 responses to “Putting Words In God’s Mouth

  1. Lots of good insights in this post, Jennifer. How do I know God is speaking? His Word is one can't-miss-His-voice way that God speaks to me. Seeking counsel from others is another way God speaks to me — and I don't mean only through believers, either.And I really sit up and take notice when God repeats Himself: saying the same thing through His Word, another person and through a sermon illustration, or through a song lyric, or through a quote a run across.

  2. Love this Jenny. I'm also afraid of putting words in God's mouth…basically because if I come out and claim God spoke….what then if it doesn't turn out? Anyway, I do think God speaks through the Holy Spirit, through Scripture, and through other believers. And I like to think He uses all three in tandem when speaking to us about something important. The Holy Spirit nudges us….via feelings and thoughts. But if that's all we had to rely on, then how do I know it's not just the bean burrito I ate for lunch or that I'm not just PMSing and overemotional? Which is why it's SO important to be in the WORD (which IS God's voice!) and to surround ourselves with other believers. And to pray that God would bring guidance and clarity.Love this post today, girl.

  3. Good post, Jenny. This has been on my mind a lot lately. I started reading Karen Kingsbury's books and, in every book, her characters just hear scripture from God. I started thinking am I doing something wrong that scripture doesn't just pop into my head from God?? I've always said that if God wants me to know something then I literally need the handwriting on the wall. God needs to make it obvious or I will miss it. I long for the days of Moses where God spoke directly. I was reading my devotion the other morning and I was reading from an older book so I just picked a date at random. Well, the topic was exactly what Jon and I had been discussing the night before. It was perfect and I became flooded with emotion. I laughed and I cried and felt like God was literally sitting right next to me. The answer was so clear and I didn't feel it was a mere coincidence. But, if I'm honest, I've found myself at times flipping through the Bible searching for what I want to hear or what I want the answer to be. I know that's not God speaking, that's me leading. The best way I know for me to hear from God is to pray and ask Him to show me what He wants me to hear before my devotion time and in my daily life. He has spoken to me through a billboard! 🙂 I just think God can use anything and anyone to speak to us, it's up to us to not miss it. 🙂

  4. Jenny,Great post. I've also had the fear of putting words in God's mouth. I feel God often speaks through my circumstances, other believers, and of course Scripture. But you're absolutely right about taking the time to listen.

  5. I'm really thankful for all of the insightful comments today! I agree- God's voice is such a mixture of things that it is so important that we take the time to listen!

  6. i know he "speaks" to me when i have that peace that passes understanding. it won't always make sense to others, and it might not turn out how i thought, but that's how i know.

  7. I just want to let you know, I'm Muslim.What you come across is no coincidence. God has a reason for everything whether we know it or not. And He does talk to us. But not in the talk we know, it might come across when we read something in our holy book or when we pray. We just have this special feeling in our hearts, tugging us to one direction. Just follow it and let God be your guide. This is all what I believe. And I hope I haven't bothered you. btw, Im new to your blog, and am already loving it! Thank you!Fida (:

  8. Did my mom tell you to make sure I saw this post today? Or maybe it was someone higher up. 😉 God speaks to me through others… Today that person's you!

  9. Fida- glad you are enjoying the blog!August–so glad I could help! 😉

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