I never want to write without inspiration. Today, I thought about skipping my post, because I didn’t feel inspired. But then I remembered someone saying — God is always talking, we’re just not always listening. Inspiration can be found every day, because God always has something he wants to share with us.
So how do we hear God?
Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”I Kings 19:11-13 NKJV
This is the scripture we quote when referring to listening for God’s still small voice, but as I read it I saw some things I hadn’t seen before. First, God was already speaking to Elijah and instructing him. In verse 19:5 we learn an angel of the Lord came to him, and in verse 19:9 it says the word of the Lord came to him.
Then I noticed where it says “the Lord passed by and…” Even though it says the Lord was not in the wind, the earthquake, or the fire, He caused these things as a testament to Elijah that God is not always about the big productions. Sometimes He is quiet, waiting for us to be still, to see Him in the intimate, ordinary places.
Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left.Isaiah 30:21 NLT
To me this verse shows a person going about their day and God is looking over their shoulder looking at the decision of going one way or another and whispering in their ear, “This is the way you should go.” This is how I understand God leads.
For me, He whispers a word repetitively, a scripture pops into my mind, or I get a picture. Sometimes I hear a song on the radio, or I read a scripture, a Bible plan, a blog, or devotional, or I hear a sermon — and it clicks. Even more amazing is when two or more things convey the same message. That’s confirmation. That’s when I know for certain what God is saying. But whether I hear one way or more, if it aligns with scripture I know it is worthy of my attention.
The thing you need to know is God rarely shouts. Look at the first scripture. God didn’t speak until things were quiet. The world shouts for our attention. We have to consciously quiet ourselves.
He says, “Be still and know that I am God!” (Psalm 46:10)
When we do that, we will find our inspiration, we will find our direction.
Have you heard his whispers today. Take a moment from your busyness and listen…
Grace & Peace,
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3 thoughts on “Listening for God’s Whispers”
Sandy. I love how you shared ways that God speaks to you. I love his intimacy even down to how he converses with each of us.
Thank you, Domi.