In my “God Speaks” post on May 25. I said that I believe one way God speaks is through circumstances. https://onetahayes.com/2016/05/26/god-speaks/ I relate an example:
Questions, questions, whirling in my head. Do I really want to go further with this “God’s Speaks” line of posts? If I tell about some things that are special to me will they be mocked? Can I prove everything I believe by scripture?
I set the questions aside from my thoughts, and begin to read some posts and comments from my blogging friends. Within a few minutes, I read one that said something like this, “I am anxiously awaiting your stories regarding God speaking to you.” Light goes on in my head! I believe that I have found the answer to my questions because of that comment from a blogger.
I see nothing about this issue that cannot be supported by scripture. Did God not speak through circumstances when Joseph’s brothers were about to kill him? After Reuben had interceded for Joseph’s life and he was placed in a cistern where he would have surely died, a caravan of Midianite merchants dropped by providing just the right motive for Judah to negotiate a deal that saved Joseph’s life.
While I do sometimes make decisions based on this kind of circumstances, I consider it one of the least reliable tests of God’s will for our actions. So I also place a great trust in a feeling of peace I obtain when I make the choice. If I am still conflicted, I know I’m not on the right track. That does not mean I always want the choice I feel is right, but I feel peace about the choice being right.
Now what NOT to do. Another circumstance. I was reading the scripture about Samuel hearing the voice of God speaking to him. The doorbell rang. I answered and there were a couple people who wanted to convince me that the Bible is true. No problem there, but I knew I was going to be told a lot of things I have already found to be in conflict with my interpretation of the Bible. Did I use that circumstance to guide me in my reading about Samuel being spoken to by God? No, I did not. One must judge the circumstances in light of the Bible’s teaching.