Weekly Encouragement: hearing God’s voice

Hello guys! I hope you all had an amazing Christmas! I am really excited about this post because this info has helped me so much. I am going to be talking about hearing God’s voice and how God uses us. I know a lot of you probably struggle with this as I do, so keep reading! Also, stay tuned for an exciting announcement at the end 🙂

I would say one of the main things I struggle with in my relationship with Christ is hearing His voice. It is hard to know what is truly God speaking to you. I’ve heard stories of people actually hearing His voice out loud (which has never happened to me) and wondered if that is what it is suppose to be like. The answer to this is in 1 Kings 19:1-13.

In these verses, Elijah is afraid and depressed. He asks God to take his life because he is done with everything. When he feels at his lowest, an angel appears and gives him some food and water. He then travels to Horeb (mountain of God) and God asks him what he is doing there. Obviously, God already knew the answer, but sometimes it is beneficial for us to speak to Him. Elijah tells God about how terrible the Israelites are acting and how he is the only one left. So, think about that. Elijah had asked God to take his life when he was the last one left. This shows us how deceiving fear can be. If he was the last believer left he should want to stay alive!

After this, God knew that he needed to encounter Him. First there is a huge wind, then an earthquake and a fire. But God was not in any of those things. Instead, He came in a gentle whisper to Elijah. In these verses we are shown that God may not be in the most dramatic and huge displays, but He may whisper to us in a gentle voice.

This made me ask myself, where am I searching for God’s voice? Am I waiting for Him to speak out loud for me or for a huge miracle to happen? These things are not impossible, but it is likely that God has been speaking to you already. Here is a great quote from Robert Benson:

“I am convinced that the Voice that whispered us into being still whispers within us and all creation. I am dead certain of it sometimes, terrified of it at other times, longing for it at all times. The silence that so often seems to overcome me is more likely a matter of my not trusting my own ears than it is a matter of the Voice having gone suddenly, inexplicably silent.”

Lastly, I just want to emphasize the point that God uses us in our worst times. God used Elijah, but He is continuing to use him. Even years later, we still read about Elijah’s life and depression and use it as inspiration for our own life. So, remember this in your hard times and listen for ways that God might be speaking to you this week. Also, I encourage you to go through and read 1 Kings 19 and take some notes!

Thanks for reading! I am super excited to announce that I am starting a YouTube channel! So many of you guys wanted me to, so over there I will be posting more Christian lifestyle content with a bit more of my life mixed in. Click HERE to subscribe! I hope you all have an amazing day. ❤ Briana

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