When God Whispers
By: Mary Elder-Criss
I don't know about you, but I am often quite reluctant to admit to many people instances in which I have heard God speak. In today’s society, this can quickly get you labeled as a fruitcake. I really have no desire to supplement my wardrobe with jackets whose arms wrap around the back. I simply have no coordinating skirts.
Most people, upon hearing someone state they had a word from God, immediately conjure up a visual picture, commensurate to Mufasa appearing to Simba in the Lion King. As if receiving a word from God means clouds must automatically separate, and His vision appear in the sky, speaking in a deep voice markedly similar to James Earl Jones’, saying, “MARY. THIS IS GOD.”
I must admit, I have never audibly heard the voice of God. I also do not spend time on hillsides gazing up into the stars, seeking a personal appearance, and expecting His voice to reverberate throughout the heavens. Not that it couldn’t happen; I just figure I would be better off spending the time in prayer, and listening for His voice. I must tell you, the instances in which I have heard God speak in the past, sounded remarkably just like me. The only reason I was sure it was not just my own voice, but God Himself speaking was due to the fact that what I heard was smart. In other words, there is no way, whatsoever; that I would have ever had that thought if someone infinitely wiser than me had not planted it there.
God breathed the Word itself into the men that were open to listening to His voice, and recording His instructions in the writing of the Bible. 2 Timothy 3:16 and 17 says, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” Without the inspiration from God, they may as well have been writing an early rendition of Green Eggs and Ham. It would have done us about us much good in our spiritual walks.
Many times, however, people fall into the trap of believing the only way they can hear from God is to receive a word from another person; perhaps an evangelist that might be prophetic, or a brother or sister in Christ, or a minister who has prayed for them, regarding their situation. Do not be so quick to discount that God can speak to you personally. Although I do believe in prophetic words, and have had others share with me something that could only be deemed a word from God, I am also capable of hearing God speak to me personally, as well. All that is required is me being open to listening.
When Elijah was hiding in a cave, despondent, and fearful for his life, He was seeking God in the same spectacular ways in which God spoke to Moses. Yet the Lord was not in the wind, the earthquake, or the fire, but instead spoke to Elijah in a still small voice. (Full account can be found in 1 Kings Chapter 19.)
Today, God will still reveal Himself to His people in the same manner. He can be, and often is, found in spectacular methods. He wants us to know and acknowledge His power, and will often show Himself in miraculous ways when sinners are present. However, He is also faithful to come to us as He did Elijah, when we are alone, despondent, afraid, and discouraged. That is when He will speak to us in that still small voice and remind us that we are not alone. He is still capable of performing miracles, He does still have our best interests at heart, and He has not forsaken us. He had not forsaken Elijah, reminding Him of His love, assuring him he was not alone, and He wants to do the same for you.
Know that He is real, know that He is always with you, longs to speak with you personally, and listen closely for when God whispers. If it sounds like you, but incredibly smart, He might just be trying to tell you something.
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