Listening to the Whisper

Read: “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27 (MSG)

“…Act on what you hear!” James 1:22 (MSG)

Reflect: One of the most difficult things for me right now is hearing God’s voice. My wife, on the other hand, hears him like he’s two feet away. As if he’s ignoring the rest of the world’s problems, ONLY to talk with her and guide her through each day. I want that! And to top it off, she goes and does what he says – and it always works out.

So how do I get this in my life? I need to stop and Listen (yes, Listen with a capital “L”). It sounds so unproductive, even lazy, but it’s not. It’s obedient and necessary. Stopping to Listen allows us to hear what our Father is telling us. People often speak of the “whisper of the lord” and it got me thinking. Why would he whisper to us? When we whisper to each other, we’re physically close and emotionally close. We just don’t let any stranger come close enough to whisper in our ear. Physically speaking, whispering works well when we’ve also eliminated the noise surrounding our environment and the noise within us.

So for me, I have to start with noise reduction. I have to calm my busy mind and my hurried heart in order to listen long enough for the Father to speak to me. Compare this to how impatient I am when I need my kids to listen to me. I expect it to happen quickly. But God’s not like that with us, he gives us time to settle in and prepare. How cool is that?

Respond: Seek to eliminate the noise around you this week. Calm your anxious thoughts and invite God to speak to you directly. Be intentional to seek him out in quietness this week. Schedule time into your calendar if you have to!

Pray: Lord, speak to me in the silence this week. Help my heart to hear your gentle whisper as I ask you to guide my steps daily.