1 Kings 19:12 (NLT) “And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper.”
Have you ever had the experience of hearing God speak to you but only you could hear it? It wasn’t a clap of thunder or a surround-sound rumble, but a quiet voice, and you just knew in your spirit that it was Him? In the bible, God speaks in a thunderous sound, a whirlwind, and also loud enough for all to hear as He did at Jesus’ baptism (Luke 3:21). The bible tells us that He also speaks in a whisper, one on one, as described in 1 Kings 19:12.
God isn’t always going to speak in a thunderous sound because not every situation calls for that. He will speak quietly just so you can hear it because what He has for you is just for you. Lately, I have felt a great amount of stress and anxiety, often for no reason at all. One evening, in the midst of feeling overwhelmed, God said to me very clearly, “that’s not for you to worry about. You are okay. It is okay. It’s not what you think.” That message reassured me. I took some deep breaths and I calmed down. I was carefree until my anxiety resurfaced a few hours later. The message He gave to me was something that I had to hold on to in order to become calm once again.
Not only does He speak words of comfort, His still, small voice will also tell you to do something or not to do something. At the moment, you won’t know why you should listen to the voice but the reason will be revealed in time. Whether you listen or ignore it, you may find yourself exclaiming, “something told me to do [or not to do] such and such!” You will be happy you adhered or disappointed that you did not believe it was important enough to follow the instructions. God cares about you so much, He speaks directly to you. He wants you to have awesome experiences with Him. He wants to save you. He wants to love you. He’s interested in having a deep relationship with you, so He will talk to you and yearns for you to listen. You are important to Him.
I challenge you to spend enough time in personal worship to recognize when God speaks to you. I challenge you to realize that you are so important to Him that He speaks to you all the time; you just need to listen.
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