Living in the Christian world exposes you to all sort of “supernatural” tales from church members. Because we believe in something unseen but all-powerful, Christians are more likely to believe certain things. I do believe in miracles, divine intervention and God’s leading-afterall, the bible is full of such tales.
I and many Christians are used to hearing someone say, ‘God told me….’ I never challenge such a statement because it’s not my business until the thing that God seem to have instructed sounds more like that person’s own thoughts or desires. For example, a single Christian friend of mine, who is pining for a man who has not given her any true hint of desire for her, believes that God told her that she should continue to wait for this man. She has been ‘waiting’ for this man to throw her a bone for 3 years. Or I have heard, if God didn’t want me to be with this person, then He would not have sent him/her to me. Now my question is how do you know it’s God’s voice?
An intense desire (for anything) can create an intense preoccupation. That preoccupation can lead to seeing excuses why going after that desire is appropriate and fully sanctioned by God. Desperate singles are not immune in any way. Ending loneliness can seem like an insurmountable burden to bear, and if there is a ‘way out’ or a glimmer of hope, then most people will take it and justify their actions. Christians unintentionally may start doing voice-overs for God which can be hard to prove because a good church goer does not want to challenge God.
Most of us have said a prayer close to this “God if you don’t want me to [fill in the blanks] then remove this temptation from me.” However, when you open your eyes the temptation is still there, so the conclusion is God approves. God’s voice is definitely a private matter and if He has not made his point clear in one way; I am sure He’ll shout it out loud in another.