Do you believe that He talks to you? You pray and talk to Him, but do you believe that He talks back?
As I was reading the Bible, I came across this verse where the Israelites heard back from God,
After the death of Joshua, the Israelites asked the Lord, “Who will be the first to go up and fight for us against the Canaanites?
The Lord answered, “Judah is to go, I have given the land into their hands
And it got me thinking; How did they know it was God’s voice when they heard the response? How did they recognize it as God’s voice? How did it sound? Was it distinct? Was it loud? Was it soft? Did it have a certain tone? How could they be sure that it was really God’s voice? And… Does God’s voice still sound the same now? Does He still talk to us? For instance, if I hear a voice right now, how sure will I be that’s it God’s?, and not just my imagination? Most importantly, how can I recognize God’s voice?
I know how it is to have doubt rule your mind and feel like God is out of reach, or that He is far away. I have felt that at some point in my life. The Old Testament was written in the 6th Century BC, while the New Testament was written in the middle of the 1st Century AD, so it definitely is a distant past.
But if the Bible says that God never changes, then just maybe we should welcome the possibility that He still talks to us.
Its not bad to be hopeful. Don’t you think? Relationships involve communication. If you have a relationship with God then part of Him, even once, will try to reach out to you, talk to you, and guide you. For instance, think about this, have you ever had a point in your life where an event happened and you thought to yourself, “Hmmm that must have been God telling me something?”
But, in our everyday lives, we are usually bombarded with many voices. Sadly, majority of them don’t even give us peace.
“This is too much!”
“You can’t handle it!”
“you will never make it!”
“You are nothing!”
“Your faith will never work!”
Do you want to know what God’s voice sounds like? It’s a calm comfort, it will tell you the truth. You will feel peace, comfort & reassurance when you hear it. In the midst of that negativity, there’s a voice that will wash over you with calmness & that is God’s.
I believe that you can recognize God’s voice from everything in your mind because God wants the best for you. So if you want to know God’s voice, listen to that voice which guides you to the correct path, which loves you and gives you peace.
Why would He not talk to you? You are His masterpiece. You are His reflection created in His image. You are the one who is the object of His everlasting love.
So, don’t doubt that He would want you to know that, “though you feel alone, I am always here with you” “even though you think your faith will not work, I have established your steps, you can trust my plans for you because they are plans for good and not for evil” “even though you don’t feel like you’re enough, I have made you in my image and you are beautiful and wonderful.”
Jesus is your Shepherd. He is always guiding you. You have to believe & recognize that it is Him
And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you.
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
So whichever personal battle you are facing right now, with your whole heart, choose to believe the voice which gives you peace. That’s Him. Like He did with the Israelites, His loving eye is on you and He wants to tell you which way to go, and what to do.
Whichever voice that you hear, His is the one that will not mock you, it will not laugh at your failed attempt but will tell you that even though it seems that you have fallen, you will rise again.
The LORD makes firm the step of the one who delights in him though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.
It will encourage you and keep you pushing to the good that He has prepared.
Remember that doubt does not come from God “did He really say you shouldn’t eat that fruit?” “did He really say that He is with you?” That is the voice of doubt.
So remember that God’s voice wants the best for you, does not doubt in your abilities but believes them, and it will calm you.
The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love ; he will exult over you with loud singing.
Thank you for reading!