“God is calling me to move across the country and go to seminary,” he told me.
I replied, “Really? What’s her name?”
While my friend was planning to move to a place he had never been before for Jesus, there also happened to be a girl involved. I’m sure he really felt something on the inside. I’m not sure if it was from God, at least not in the way we normally think about such things. :)
You will have to excuse my skepticism, but when someone throws the “God card”, I start to question the decision. I know, technically (and in most cases this is what happens), when someone says, “God told me,” we aren’t really allowed to question it. After all, “God told them to do it.”
From my experience with people though, we tend to overuse the “God card”. Many times it is just something we want to do and we invite God to join us in what we are going to do anyways. I’d suggest we not overuse the “God card”. He doesn’t appreciate it.
Now that I have upset the people who walk around throwing “God told me…” on a daily basis, I’d like to speak to those of us on the other end. You know who you are. You don’t really believe God speaks to people at all, ever.
I understand. With so many people feeling God has called them to do stupid things and sometimes even sinful things, it is tempting to just give God the stiff-arm whenever it comes to daily communication. We sometimes hide behind Scripture, as if that is the only way God can speak to us. Unfortunately, this attitude is not Biblical.
God is alive. He has things to say to us and he has things for us to do. As we become attuned to the Holy Spirit, we are able to discern what is from him and what is just our own thoughts and desires.
I speak as a learner in this area, not as an expert. However, God has placed people in my life that are experts (compared to me). And no, they don’t overuse the “God card” but they don’t run from it either.
So tell me. How do you determine if you are really hearing from God? Tell me in the comments section.