A Case for the “Whispers” of God
I Kings 19:11-12)
Today’s passage recounts part of Elijah’s encounter with God during a very trying season. God’s voice to Him was described as a “still small voice”, which would more accurately translate as “a delicate whispering voice.” As we can see, although present, a whisper is not a shout, not intrusive or necessarily as dramatic as the fire, wind or earthquake. But to a hearing ear, it was immediately even more “attention getting” than the others!
From man’s earliest moments recorded in Genesis to John’s experience in Revelation, the Bible speaks openly and unashamedly about God’s practice of speaking to mankind and that people of all types have been able to hear His voice.
As believers, we should consider it appropriate and I would even go so far as to say… CRITICAL …that we experience God’s voice in the course of our lives! I also know that often when we are bold enough to declare something along the lines of… “the Lord spoke to me”… or that …“I heard from the Lord”… many people will contend that we may be…” a few fries shy of a happy meal!”
It is no wonder that our enemy would want to set “eyes rolling” at anyone who would claim such a thing. He knows that God’s voice is the source of power, wisdom and literally the release of God’s will in the earth as well as in each individual life.
Each of us should beware of falling prey to false humility where God’s voice is concerned… as typified by sentiments of our unworthiness. For instance, comments like…” Why would God speak to me of all people?” Conversely, we should resist any fear of criticism or rejection by others because of an “audacious” assertion that we have heard from God!
I will say however that we don’t need to “announce it to the world” every time God speaks to us in an effort to elevate ourselves or to simply to validate an action or opinion, we believe the Lord has initiated!
My point is, that if we are “born again” It is virtually certain that we have heard the voice of God (John 10:2-4). Learning to recognize it and respond appropriately are among the greatest benefits we can experience in our lives.
What follows today is part of my story. I have forever been changed, fascinated and enabled by the voice of my Shepherd and I want to encourage you today by just a few of the instances where I recognized His voice and in the wake of hearing… managed to act accordingly.
Additional important passages:
I Corinthians 1-2
Bob Mumford’s Alignment Principle for Guidance from his book:
Take Another Look at Guidance
Word of God—Witness of the Spirit—Circumstance