Why do some believers hear things and see things that others do not hear and see?
“And those who were with me indeed saw the light and were afraid, but they did not hear the voice of Him who spoke to me. 10 So I said, ‘What shall I do, Lord?’ And the Lord said to me, ‘Arise and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all things which are appointed for you to do.’ (Ac 22:9-10)
In the above instance, the people who were traveling with Saul (who later became Paul, the apostle) saw the supernatural light that appeared to Saul but they did not hear God’s voice speaking to him. God was giving Saul directions to follows. So the only one who needed to hear the Lord was Saul.
And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one. (Ac 9:7)
In this verse, those who accompanied Saul heard the Lord’s voice speaking to Saul but they didn’t see anything. In Acts 9:7, Saul was again being told what to do next but we don’t know why God allowed the others to hear God’s voice in this instance.
“While thus occupied, as I journeyed to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests, 13 at midday, O king, along the road I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining around me and those who journeyed with me.” (Ac 26:12-13)
This account in the Bible is where Paul is telling King Agrippa about the heavenly light, brighter than the sun, which he and his friends saw on the road to Damascus. This was a genuine physical AND spiritual encounter that Paul had with the Lord.
As we diligently work to serve the Lord, and spend time studying the Word and drawing near to God’s presence, we may experience God-ordained sights and sounds which other people don’t experience. Such things are out of the ordinary for most believers, but they are clearly controlled by God.
Ask God to give you His wisdom and insight into understanding such an event if it should happen to you. Don’t be afraid of it, but diligently seek the Scriptures and God’s wisdom to make sure that it lines up with the teachings of the Lord in the New Testament. Determine what God’s wants you to do or to change as a result of your experience. If it does not agree with Biblical teachings, then simply put it out of your mind and heart.
For those of us who do not experience these types of incidents, it doesn’t mean that we are any less of a follower of Jesus Christ than any other believer. It simply means that every individual person’s relationship with the Lord is unique and special. Value your relationship with the Lord and draw near to Him through prayer, Bible reading, meditation on the Word, and fellowship with other believers. You are blessed!