Whispers — God’s Gentle Voice

“ . . . the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.  After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper,” 1 Kings 19:11-12.

Have you ever had someone whisper in your ear? If you did, there was a reason they spoke to you in that manner. Either they didn’t want anyone else to hear what they were saying to you or . . .

They wanted you to lean in close to hear because it was something that was not only just for you, but something that was important.

God whispers gently in our hearts.

Elijah needed to hear from God. He had experienced great victories however he was soon running for his life. Matter of fact, he called out to God because he wanted to die. He needed to hear from God.

God could have shown up in a powerful way. He could have spoken to him through the wind, in an earthquake, or fire. Yes, God is that powerful. But God chose to speak to him in a gentle whisper.

Do you need to hear from God?

God is Spirit, a Spiritual Being. When we accept Christ as our Savior, we are born again—that is, the spirit within us is born. At that point our spirit can communicate and hear the voice of God. That’s part of the Holy Spirit’s job when He comes and resides in us after we accept Christ.

I love what Isaiah writes about God:

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,
    or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?
Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket,
    or weighed the mountains on the scales
    and the hills in a balance? . . . 
He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth,
    and its people are like grasshoppers.
He stretches out the heavens like a canopy,
    and spreads them out like a tent to live in.
(Isa. 40:12; 22).

This is the same God who loves us enough that He wants to have a personal relationship with us–the One who measured the waters, marked off the heavens, measured the earth and weighed the mountains. Even though He sits above the circle of the earth He is close enough for us to hear Him.

Yes, you can hear from God.

Lean in close and you too will hear His gentle whisper.

Scripture from the NIV version of the Bible.
Photos courtesy of pixabay.com

Beth Fortune

Beth has a passion for God's Word. Through her writing and speaking she allows the heartbeat of the Father to flow through her words. As an award-winning writer she’s a contributing writer with Christian Devotions and has had stories published in two "Chicken Soup For the Soul Book" Series in addition to other anthologies. Some of her articles have been published in Focus on Family’s "Thriving Family" magazine and Dr. Charles Stanley’s "In Touch" magazine. With a degree in Ornamental Horticulture she loves gardening and enjoys giving gardening talks to churches, schools, and community groups but her real enjoyment comes from sharing God's truths and encouraging others. She and her husband live in Mauldin, SC where they are in a season of caregiving for her father-in-law in the home. A diffiult season, but one in which God continues to show His grace. You can visit her at www.bethfortune.net.

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  1. I often say God taps me on the shoulder twice or whispers in my ear twice and then, hits me on the head when I don’t listen. 🙂 I pray I will lean in close to Him today and hear His message.

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