When I call my wife, I usually say “It’s Me” when she answers. I’m sure a lot of people do this, but when you really think about it, it’s kind of silly. Usually when someone answers your call you want to identify yourself so they know who’s calling. Saying “It’s me” doesn’t really help. Yet my wife knows exactly who I am when I call because she knows me and knows my voice. The truth is that I don’t even need to say “It’s Me” because she knows who I am the moment I speak.
So often we want to hear from God but we haven’t really taken the time to get to know Him. We want to flop open Scripture and get some “word” from God for our immediate situation. That would be like my wife listening in on part of my conversation with someone else and automatically thinking I’m talking to her. We also want to take obscure feelings or ideas that come into our minds and declare that it is God speaking when we haven’t taken the time to weigh those things against how God has worked and revealed Himself in Scripture.
What if God is saying to us “It’s Me” but we don’t recognize His voice? Or what if we are hearing something and assuming it is God when it really isn’t? How can we know for sure that we are hearing from God? We must know Him and the surest foundation for this is His Word. I believe that God can and does speak to us today, but we must first know Him from His Word and then judge everything else against who we know Him to be from His Word. There are no shortcuts, but I do believe that it is possible as we walk with God and grow to know Him through His Word that when we hear His voice we can truly know that it really is Him.
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