Hearing God’s voice
May 4, 2017
by Chris King
In January I was walking down a street in South Australia with some Jesus School participants. Our mission for the afternoon was simply to share the love that’s inside us with others, however that might look.
There are plenty of people who need an encounter of God’s love so I was praying and asking God who and how I could love in that moment.
While I was seeking God’s leading, I felt an impression on my heart, “Hey Chris, you should get fifty dollars out at the shop down the road.” So I walked to the shop, withdrew the money and started asking God what I was supposed to do with it. Then I observed a white car with P plates go past me down the street and I felt a prompting, a thought that dropped into my mind, “Give the fifty dollars to that car.”
“I think God want’s to give you this fifty dollars!”
This was more challenging to do, so I began reasoning with this thought in my mind. “What, that car? The car that’s actually driving away from me? Because that means I’m going to have to run after it.” And the voice was like, “Yeah. That car. Run!”
So I just started running down the road waving my hands and calling out to the car. I managed to reach the side of the car, which had stopped at an intersection. I called to the two young male occupants, “Hey!” while trying to get my breath back, “I think God wants to give you this fifty dollars!”
In response the passenger started exclaiming, “Wow! Thank you so much! That’s so cool!” He had a huge reaction, which seemed disproportionate to the size of the gift. He kept going on saying to the driver that they had to pull over and hug me. So they pulled over and he jumped out of the car and embraced me. “Thank you so much!” He said. By now I realised that this really meant something more to him and I was really curious to discover what it was.
As I spoke with the two teenage guys, they shared with me that they had just been trying to collect fifty dollars from a friend who owed them, but the friend had refused to pay. So, feeling upset and discouraged they went for a random drive and that’s when I approached them with the exact amount they had been owed and saying it was from God.
From this small moment of seeking to hear God’s voice, and being prepared to look a little foolish, I was able to share and pray with these two young men.
They were impacted with the simple message that God knows, God speaks and God cares.
I used to agonise over whether I was hearing God’s voice or my own imagination, which often led to inaction. But through scripture, God’s words and heart are not unknown to us. So if it’s in line with God’s heart, revealed through Jesus, I just do it. What is the worst that can happen? In this case I’d be blessing someone with fifty dollars, which is still an embodiment of the love I have in Jesus. Often it’s not until after I step out in obedience that I see the fruit and confirmation that it was God’s voice. I don’t always get it right but as I do this more and more I’m learning to discern the difference between God’s voice and my own.
My desire is that my life would embody the Gospel. So the life I live in front of others is the same as who I am when no one is around.
Many young people need to know God. They need to know people that know God and they need to see Christianity lived out authentically. My passion is to see them discover and walk in the power of the Gospel. Thank you for your gifts and prayers that allow me to do that through YFC.