God’s voice is your source of both divine strength and divine strategy. And you need both in this life.
Life is hard. It drains you. And when you are weary it is difficult to make good decisions. That is why you must seek God.
When I woke up this morning, I did not want to get up. Ever been there – like every morning? I drug myself out of bed, stumbled to the coffee maker, drank a cup, then forced myself to go on my morning walk with Violet. (My dog).
I spoke in tongues for the first half-mile or so as I wasn’t able to think straight yet. Plus, I was already becoming overwhelmed thinking about all that I had to accomplish by the end of the day.
Then, about half- way through, as I began to pray, beginning with thanking God for Who He is, then pouring out my heart to Him, He began to respond, and strength began to enter my soul.
This is one of my favorite verses in the entire Bible:
“In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul.” Psalm 138:3
“You answered me.” Praise God!
When you cry out to God, He will answer you. And resident within His voice will be the strength and strategy you need.
By the time I got home I was pumped. That’s when I had this thought – “Everybody has to do this!”
And that is the purpose of these posts, to help you experience strength and strategy from the Lord.
Now, you may feel like you do not “hear” the voice of God. But that may be because your definition of “hearing” His voice may be way too limited.
First, you must BELIEVE that your God wants to speak to you.
Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” John 10:27
Are you one of His sheep? If so, then you hear His voice, He knows you, and you will follow Him!
Secondly, you must realize that He speaks to you in many different ways. After-all, He is the God of all creation!
He may speak to you audibly (this is rare, but some have heard His audible voice. My wife, Hope, has). He may speak to you by illuminating His Word to you as you read the Bible. This seems to be the primary way He “speaks”. He may give you an impression to speak to someone or pray for someone. He may speak to you through a dream, or a vision, or through someone else whether it is the gift of prophecy or during a casual conversation. He “speaks” through circumstances, sermons, and most often through simple thoughts that enter your mind that are full of wisdom, or hope, or clarity on what to do.
So often we are looking for a dynamic encounter and when it doesn’t happen, we think He is not talking to us, or that we just can’t “hear” Him.
I love how God let us know through the story of Elijah that He speaks very loud at times, like when Elijah called fire down from heaven, and then at other times very softly, like when He rocked Elijah with a whisper. (See 1 Kings 19:11, 12)
As you seek God every day for the next 29 days through the Word and prayer, BELIEVE that He is speaking to you, then be open to however He is choosing to do it.
- How has God spoken to you before? How did it affect you? How do you know it was Him?
- Do you struggle to “hear” the voice of God? Ask Him to increase your awareness of how He is speaking to you.
- What does it mean to you to know that God wants to speak to you, and that Jesus promised that you will be able to hear His voice?