God often speaks in pictures to His people. What do you see?
By Richard Mull
Early in my walk with the Lord, in my passion to hear God I would ask Him to speak to me, then sit in silence waiting to hear God’s voice. I would always leave frustrated. I would have all kinds of pictures scrolling through my head and all sorts of thoughts. They were good thoughts but I believed that they were distracting me from being able to hear God. I wanted everything in my head to be quiet so I could hear the “still small voice.”
Everyone knows that when you hear God He will have a low resonant voice — maybe thunder will be rolling in the background — then a voice like James Earl Jones or Morgan Freeman will boom from heaven over the thunder. Then you will know that God has spoken to you!
Right? Isn’t that what God will sound like? If you are laughing right now, that’s good. If I just described what you have never put into words, but it describes what you at some point expected God’s voice to sound like, then you are not alone. When I speak on the subject of hearing God’s voice, I often survey people and everywhere, in every type of group, people have the same preconceived ideas about God’s voice.
I had seven years of theological training, and I’d been to church my entire life, but the only way I had been taught that God speaks is through the written Word of God — the Bible.
I spent the last four years going through the Bible nine times. I examined every way that God speaks, every time that God speaks, every person that God speaks to, and it changed my life. That experience is the foundation of a new Bible called the God Speaks Interactive Bible.
The one facet that I want to highlight from my study, out of a million powerful keys that could be emphasized, is the question, “What do you see?” God spoke to Jeremiah and asked him that question. Later the Lord asked me, “What do you see, Jeremiah?” (Jeremiah 1:11 NET).
If someone had asked me that question many years ago, when I was trying to hear God, that phrase would have liberated me. All of the times I tried to hear God, I saw images, yet I never dreamed that they could be visions from God. They seemed so random.
Look at Jeremiah’s answer to God.
I answered, “I see a branch of an almond tree” (Jeremiah 1:11 NET).
How random is that? What in the world does a branch of an almond tree have to do with anything? Why would someone write that down or pay any attention to it? What a wimpy vision! That is what I would have thought. Actually I would have considered it just another random picture in my head.
God then gave Jeremiah the meaning of that simple picture in his head.
Then the Lord said, “You have observed correctly. This means I am watching to make sure my threats are carried out” (Jeremiah 1:12 NET).
Even the interpretation seems random to us in the English, without the following greater context: The almond tree is the first one to blossom and bear fruit in Israel. It had been nicknamed “the hasty tree.” God encourages Jeremiah that He had seen well and that He was going to hasten to perform His word.
God often speaks in pictures to His people. I was having visions for years and had no idea that they were manifestations of God speaking to me. I was most aware of them when I was asking God to speak to me, but no one ever said to me, “What do you see?” I would ask God to speak to me and then be so frustrated that I had all these pictures and thoughts about God. I was waiting for thunder and the booming voice, the way Hollywood portrays God speaking.
Recently, after hearing me preach, a woman told me that she only had two visions in her life. I then asked her if, when she was praying she saw pictures in her mind. She replied, “All the time.” I told her, “Next time, write them down and ask God for the interpretation.”
Look at these other examples:
The Lord again asked me, “What do you see?” I answered, “I see a pot of boiling water; it is tipped toward us from the north.” Then the Lord said, “This means destruction will break out from the north on all who live in the land” (Jeremiah 1:13-14 NET).
The Lord said to me, “What do you see, Jeremiah?” I answered, “I see figs. The good ones look very good. But the bad ones look very bad, so bad that they cannot be eaten.” The Lord said to me, “I, the Lord, the God of Israel, say: ‘The exiles whom I sent away from here to the land of Babylon are like those good figs. I consider them to be good” (Jeremiah 24:3-5 NET).
And the Lord said to me, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then the Lord said: “Behold, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of My people Israel; I will not pass by them anymore” (Amos 7:8).
He said, “What do you see, Amos?” I replied, “A basket of summer fruit.” Then the Lord said to me, “The end has come for my people Israel! I will no longer overlook their sins” (Amos 8:2 NET).
He asked me, “What do you see?” I replied, “I see a menorah of pure gold with a receptacle at the top and seven lamps, with fourteen pipes going to the ” (Zechariah 4:2 NET).
Someone asked me, “What do you see?” I replied, “I see a flying scroll thirty feet long and fifteen feet wide” (Zechariah 5:2 NET).
The question is: what do YOU see? Maybe you are having visions from God and you don’t know it! I believe that all of God’s children can hear His voice. The problem I find is that most people have never been taught how to recognize His voice. “What do you see?” is just one example of a simple key that can help you to discern when God is speaking to you in visions.
Pay attention to the images and words that come to your mind. Write them down like Jeremiah, Amos and Zechariah did. Then ask God what they mean. Write down the first thing that comes to your mind.
God speaks to our spirit. He is Spirit and we are spiritual beings, but we are more aware of our thoughts. That is where we tend to interpret what God is speaking to us. When you take time to listen to God, just pay attention to your thoughts. Write them down, and then ask Him to help you discern the meaning.
If you do this, you are on your way to seeing visions! Some of you will discover that you have been a "Seer" your whole life, but no one ever helped you to discover that you already had the gift.
Richard Mull is a renowned author, speaker and ministry leader. He is the Founder and President of Operation Light Force near Tampa, Florida, whose vision is to equip men and women — old and young — to think, act and be like Jesus for their entire lives.
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