Many saints feel guilty due to their sense of not getting clarity on some of teh things God says to them. In this posting I share my views based on the Bible. Enjoy.
You know many people always say this to me, that God is so clear and I say to them God’s voice is clear yes but sometimes it’s as clear as mud. Sometimes God is deliberately ambiguous so that you can trust him. If you hear people saying “God’s voice is very clear you can’t mistake it.”, either they have not had walked with God long enough or else they are not being honest. How clear was God’s voice when he said to Abraham “I want you to get out of this land, take your whole family, uproot yourself, I want you to go to a land which I will show you.” How clear is that instruction? Now, imagine Abraham coming to Sarah and saying “I am so excited God has given us a clear direction, I know exactly what God wants us to do, he wants us to take off from this place, leave our family and go to a place he will show us.” Then Sarah says “You mean uprooting ourselves to go to a place you don’t know? What if God doesn’t show you when we get there how will you know that we are there?” So how clear was God’s voice? People feel condemned when they encounter the ambiguous voice of God because Pastors tell them that God’s voice is always clear. Let me tell you, God can be very ambiguous. Ask Paul. If there was a man who could hear God’s voice, it was Paul. But listen to what happens to him: they perceived God wanted them to go to Bythinia, but when they arrived there the Holy Spirit forbade them to minister. So how clear was the instruction he had heard? Did the Holy Spirit change his mind? Or was it that Paul even had a problem; he was struggling perceiving the voice of God.
Think about the prophecies about the Messiah. God says “The Messiah will come, behold your king will come”. So people are expecting a royal visit from the Messiah. Then on the other side He says “Behold the suffering servant.” Now we blame the Jews for not understanding and not perceiving Jesus when he came as a humble suffering servant. How clear was that voice? When we look back its clear now in retrospect and many times God asks you to walk forward even when you don’t know.
Sometimes God takes you beyond your level of understanding deliberately, keeping His voice ambiguous because He wants you to trust Him.
1 Corinthians 13:9-12
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
Paul is saying while we are in this world we will perceive the voice of God through a glass, it may not be as clear as we want it but we must learn how to perceive, how to discern the voice of God, it’s a struggle and a challenge. We need to work through the process of understanding the voice of God because we know in part. There are moments when He speaks clearly and there are moment He speaks in riddles. But when he speaks in riddles, don’t blame yourself, press on to seek clarity.