It’s funny. If you take a song, any one song, and play it at different times of the day, it can have a whole different meaning, or evoke different feelings.
Let’s take Jackie Wilson’s “Your Love (Keeps Lifting Me Higher)” for example.
That song works best in the car, at night with the windows down. It’s just got that old-time feeling to it, that can’t help but make you smile and tap your feet.
It’s also a fun song to have on while you’re doing chores around the house, or if you want to get your wife or kids out of a bad mood.
It can also be very lulling as it quietly plays somewhere in your bedroom at night as you fall asleep.
Maybe it reminds you of an old flame, or a loved one who passed.
It can also hold up as a party song, or even as elevator music.
No matter where you play it, or when you listen to it, it’s the same song, sung by the same guy.
The same can be said of God. He works in different ways, and speaks in different volumes, but no matter what He’s saying or how He says it, it’s the same God speaking those words.
The same God who spoke the world into being.
And the same God who spoke the words of Scripture.
So the next time you find yourself asking if it’s God’s leading or your own, match it up with what He has already said in the Bible, and see if it matches up with what you think you hear God saying to you.
And always keep the music playing. (Except when you’re praying, of course.)