When I don’t know what to do, I often go pray and seek to hear from God. But there are times when I cannot trust what I think I am hearing. There may be pride, anger, offense, fear or any number of issues that exist in my soul and spirit. Further, I may not be able to recognize that those things are there. So, my “hearing from God” may actually be my hearing from fear. It may be my hearing from pride, or offense. That is why all of us (including myself) must become accustomed to recieving sound counsel from credible spiritual leaders.
God did not send Elders, Deacons, Bishops, Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers into the church so that they can just watch us “hear from God.” Spiritual leadership matters, even to those who hear His voice, for real. Still, the men and women God has called to watch over our souls as one who must give account (Hebrews 13:17) are key people who will help to get you to a wise decision concerning the issues of this life. We must learn to lay aside our former trust issues, and hear them. Give them a chance to earn our trust so we can be safe. Finally, be careful not to walk alone. Wolves love when their prey walk alone.