I would like you to try a thought experiment. With your mouth closed, silently say to yourself, “Open the door.” Alright, say it again and listen to the voice carefully. Does it sound like your own voice? Now, again, in your mind only, this time whisper silently “Open the door.” Next, yell it loudly (in you mind). Listen to the differences. It is odd to call it “listening” because there is no sound, but you all know what I mean.
Now, in a completely different voice, try saying “Open the door” silently. If you are a man, use a woman’s voice or you women folk, try a man’s voice. Make up a voice or imagine someone you know saying it. Can you hear it? Does it sound like you?
If you ask people who say God speaks to them, they will describe God’s voice in one of four ways:
- By circumstance
The believer may report it like this: “Well, it was the only college I got accepted at, so God must be speaking to me”.
- By an emotional feeling
The believer may report it like this: “I felt a sudden peace come over my heart and knew it was God speaking to me”.
- By a voice in their head
Congratulations, that is what you just did above. You now know what it is like to hear God’s voice. God may say to you, “Go speak to Mary”, “I want you to become a missionary.” or many other things. Oddly enough, God rarely comes up with something you could not even imagine.
- By loud normal voices
This is due to an abnormal brain — either frank psychosis, stress or a strange constitution.
Let me add one final detail to the phenomena in # 3. Have you ever played with an Oija board? Well, it is a divination board that you lightly touch which mysteriously spells out words. The Japanese use a similar tool called Kokkuri-san where a penny moves on a piece of paper. In both of these divination methods the pointer is moved by people (not spirits), but the question is, how intentional is the movement. Likewise, when you ask your mind a question, it can sometimes speak to you without your present intention of creating the voice, but nonetheless, it is your mind’s voice. This unintentional conversation with yourself can happen to folks even when they are not seeking God’s voice, it happens even to nonbelievers.
Have you heard voices?