“None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to the whisper which is heard by him alone.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Whisper — To speak with soft, hushed sounds.
The word whisper has been popping up in various places of my life.
The first was in a devotional that my husband Jeff gave me when I was in the midst of cancer treatment. The devotional is “Whispers of Hope” by Beth Moore. The devotional challenges us to form a habit of prayer. It is during our time of prayer, being still, and reading His word, that we will hear God speaking.
Then, the bible study group that Jeff and I are a part of began a study a few weeks ago called “Whisper” by Mark Batterson. The study is based on Mark’s book “Whisper – How to hear the voice of God.”
In the study, Mark teaches what it means for Christians to discern the voice of God in their lives. He teaches us to hear God’s guidance and grow closer to Him.
You see, God is speaking. Do we know how to listen?
There are times when I have thought how great it would be if I could just literally hear the voice of God so I wouldn’t have to wonder whether the voice I am hearing is what I want, or if it is what God wants from me. If I were to guess, there are many of you reading this that wishes the same. 🙂
One of many things I learned from Sara’s book, Choose Joy: Finding Hope and Purpose When Life Hurts, as well as the year of Cancer Treatment, is that when I had to be still from the busyness of life, I felt His presence. I heard His whispers.
When we feel like Jesus is distant from us, we have to remember that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). It is us who aren’t listening. We can’t hear His whisper when things around us are loud and capturing our attention.
There are lies that we tell ourselves that keep us from listening. The busyness of the world keeps us from listening. Being overwhelmed or not knowing how to read/study the bible keep us from listening.
What else keeps you from listening?
What has helped me through these barriers and others, is setting aside time for Him each day to pray, to be still, to study His word by using various Bible reading plans, and being part of a small group. It is in these times that I do hear His whispers. It is these times that I know without a doubt that the whispers are from Him, not me.
Seek Him. Listen to Him. Listen for His still strong voice. Listen for His whispers.
He never changes, we do.