Hearing God's Voice For Others.
Yesterday was the conclusion of our four day youth conference; we had hundreds in attendance. We have three buildings connected to each other that we use for many occasions, including this event: the church with classrooms and offices, a gym and a bowling alley. As I was walking around the buildings, there were many inquisitive middle and high schoolers approaching me asking questions about God, the devil, their parents, weed, the meaning of life, the universe, sin, choices, lifestyles, etc.
By the time I got to our bowling alley, I saw a girl sitting down, crying. She was comfortably in the arms of an older woman though, with another girl standing there so I knew she was in good hands. Nevertheless, I heard God say "go over there and say hey".
Now, with my natural mind I'm thinking why, she looks like she's good, plus I don't want to interrupt such an intimate moment. However, recently, God has been telling me to make more of an effort to start conversations with people because I'm so used to everyone just coming up to me, it's been like that since I was a toddler, and my thinking face (which I have all the time) may seem unapproachable to some people.
So I said okay I'll just walk past real quick and say hey.
I walk past and say "hey" and before I could even take another step, the girl shot up and said "SEAN. I need to talk to you. we need to talk". There was much pain in her eyes, tears still falling.
We sat down and I asked her name. She then said she couldn't hear God's voice.
I explained to her the different ways that God speaks, that it's not just an audible voice, and most times isn't with most people. I told her a little bit about my life and how God speaks to me. I then asked her to tell me what she thought she heard or didn't hear from God (God was telling me what he was telling her but he told me not to say anything yet). She said she wasn't sure. I said give it a try, and she began to tell me amazingly loving things about God's love for her. He wanted me to have her say it so she was sure she heard from him, and was comfortable and confident about how he feels about her.
The underlying inquiry about not hearing God's voice was, does God love me despite what I've done? And the answer is yes. The pain in her eyes began to lift, and she started to cry tears of acceptance.
To further drive home the point of love, God then wanted me to start asking her and telling her great things about her life that I could not have known, because I didn't know her until that conversation. The first thing I brought up, her eyes got wide, and she cried again, because in that moment, she now knew for a fact that she was known intimately by God. He told me something from the depths of her heart that the girl said many people who know her don't even know yet. In that moment of her eyes being wide, I could see God's heart intertwining with her heart in an instant.
Jesus says it like this in John 17:24 and Matthew 6:10
"Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began!"
"May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven."
God wants people to experience his presence, his personality, and his plans for their life here on earth.
In that moment, the girl began to feel heaven. Her smile was bright, tears of brokenness turned into tears of acceptance which turned into tears of joy and amazement.
I then asked her, okay, so tell me about yourself. We both laughed, because I really didn't know her, but God did. The girl then told me about herself and the conversation continued from there.
So hearing God's voice is essential for ourselves but very important for others so we can guide them into a closer relationship with God. We have to bypass our natural minds,
"My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts," says the LORD. "And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts."
If I initially went with my first thought about not walking up to her, the moment would have never happened.
Also know that God speaks in many ways: the bible, signs, wonders, miracles, nature, dreams, visions, daydreams, conscience, a feeling, a thought, angels, circumstances, situations, other people, confirmation, prayer, music, many other supernatural happenings we may think are too weird to tell others about, etc... not just an audible voice.
So find out how God speaks to you so he can teach you a new way, so you can train others in their ways.