We all want to hear God speak to us. We want to hear Him speak to us about who we are, our calling, our marriage, and our family. Sadly, too many of us suffer because we feel that we can’t hear God, or feel like He’s silent and distant. We’ve all been there, none of us are alone. When we aren’t hearing God speak to us about the things that matter most to us, it can leave us feeling abandoned and wandering aimlessly through life.
What if God hasn’t been silent? What if we’ve just been listening for the wrong thing? What if we’ve been looking for God to speak in one way, but He’s trying to speak to us in a completely different way?
“Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 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.”
1 Kings 19:11,12
Often, we are looking for God to speak in earth shattering ways. We want Him to speak and appear to us like He did to Moses, in a burning bush. We want Him to speak to us in a way that is dramatic, and could possibly make for a good story, however, God isn’t always into theatrics; He loves to whisper.
I’m convinced that most of us love to dismiss the whispers of God because most of the time it’s way too simple and way too personal.
When I have an attitude, or respond sharply to my wife, I immediately hear the Lord whisper, “Stop and repent. That was not ok.” I want to dismiss the whisper because would God really speak that quickly, simply and that poignantly to something I just did? Yes. Yes, He would. I’d be willing to bet that we’ve been hearing these whispers for years, and we’ve either been ignoring them or dismissing them as “random thoughts.”
Husbands. Has God been whispering to you about what you watch, your attitude, you tone of voice when talking to your wife, or your attitude when you come home from work?
Wives. Has God been whispering to you about loving your husband when he seems unlovable? Has God been whispering to you about letting go of bitterness and resentment?
Listen to the whispers.
Be obedient to the whispers.
A whisper can change your world.
So if you’ve been searching for God’s voice in a massive earthquake, fire, or windstorm, slow down and wait for the whisper. Chances are the Lord has been speaking to you all along.
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