Nancy Guthrie just wrote an excellent, brief article on hearing God’s voice titled, “Why Do We Say, ‘God Told Me?‘” Here’s the first paragraph:
“When someone begins a sentence with “God told me . . .” I have to admit a silent alarm goes off somewhere inside me—unless the phrase is followed by a verse of Scripture. I know that many see this as the way the Christian life is supposed to work—that if we are really in fellowship with God we will be able to sense him speaking to us through an inner voice. But I’m not so sure. And it’s not because I think God is incapable of or uninterested in speaking to his people today. In fact I resist this language precisely because God is speaking to his people today. He speaks to us through the Scriptures.”
You can read the rest here.
A couple other great resources on the topic, from the most brief to the most thorough, are
- Kevin DeYoung’s short book, Just Do Something.
- Phillip Jensen and Tony Payne, Guidance and the Voice of God.
- Garry Friesen, Decision Making and the Will of God.
Friesen’s is very thorough, but certainly the place to go if you, like me, have needed to address the topic head-on, considering many of the questions it raises and scriptures that relate.