A good friend was all excited. He had something he couldn’t wait to share.
“God revealed something to me,” he announced. “I’ve not yet found it in the Bible, but I know it’s there somewhere.”
I completely missed what God had revealed to him because I was so taken aback contemplating his statement.
I have no doubt he heard from God — and I trust he heard correctly — but his assertion that he would find it in the Bible perplexed me.
Growing up I was taught that God speaks to us through the Bible and we speak to him in prayer. That’s correct, but it’s only part of a greater truth. God can also speak words to us through his spirit, not in written words, but in oral words, or perhaps whispered words, words he implants into our mind.
Another wise friend told me if what we think we heard from God doesn’t line up with the Bible, then what we thought we heard wasn’t really from him. In addition to scripture, we can also run our revelations by trusted friends and those in authority over us.
If everything lines up, then we can be quite sure we heard from God.