In a recent interview, with Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson, Hollywood actor Jon Voight, 82, shared an experience he had with God that changed his life.
Voight was going through a tough time both with his family and professionally, and he was lying on the floor, when God spoke to him.
“I was on the floor, I found myself on the floor saying, ‘It’s so difficult. It’s so difficult’… I said it out loud. And I heard in my ear, ‘It’s supposed to be difficult.'”
He said the words “it’s supposed to be difficult” were said in a resonating tone, and he knew instantly this was God.
At that moment, Voight understood that he was not alone and that God heard him and was with him.
But then Voight added what happened after he heard those words:
“At that time I knew what it meant. I’m not alone. Everything is known … I am known. That’s what it meant to me. I felt this tremendous energy. Somebody’s rooting for me. It’s like, don’t give up. There’s a purpose here. You’ve got a ways to go son. And I felt great.”
I found it interesting that immediately after hearing those words, Voight felt energized, because in the book of Daniel a similar thing happened when a Godly angel spoke to the prophet.
Daniel was with some friends along the banks of the Tigris River when an angel showed up, sending his friend fleeing.
During this encounter, the angel spoke and touched Daniel several times and these had a profound impact.
But in particular, we see how the words spoken to the prophet as he was also lying on the ground changed him:
18 Again the one who looked like a man touched me and gave me strength. 19 “Do not be afraid, you who are highly esteemed,” he said. “Peace! Be strong now; be strong.”
When he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, “Speak, my lord, since you have given me strength.” (Daniel 10:18-19)
As the angel spoke, “Peace! Be strong now; be strong,” they somehow impacted the prophet’s spirit, and he was immediately strengthened.
And we know it was the words that did it, because Daniel wanted the angel to continue speaking to him.
Shortly after his encounter with God, Voight turned on his radio and the first song that played was “I’ll Build a Stairway to Heaven,” and this, along with several other things that took place over the next couple of days, confirmed that this was a God experience.
Voight told Carlson that those five supernaturally-charged words transformed his life:
“I have fear of the Lord … I got it. I am afraid of offending God. Because God is everything. God is love. God is all these beautiful things, beauty, everything. And how can I live up to that? I need a lot of help. I think that is the fear of the Lord. It keeps you on track,”