God has no problem communicating His will. But we become better channels for His Voice if we learn to be still before Him. God will not shout to get your attention. He wants you to be listening carefully enough to hear Him if He whispers.
Our difficulty is that we want God’s guidance on our terms and it doesn’t work that way. Sometimes God speaks when and where we least expect it.
There is a great Biblical story that illustrates this point.
1 Kings 19:11-13New International Version (NIV)
11 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for theLord is about to pass by.”
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
Elijah probably expected God in the wind, earthquake, and fire, but God wasn’t in those heart-pounding experiences. Instead God spoke in a gentle whisper, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”–just a quiet question that cut Elijah to the bone.
God is a God of surprises. But if we expect to hear the gentle whisper of God, we must be silent. We must quiet our lives, our voices, and our thoughts so that we can hear. Often our inability to hear God is not about God’s failure to speak but our failure to listen.
One day at work a few few years ago, I stopped my workday with the deep inside knowing that God had His eye on me in a special way. So I stopped my activities to savor the moment and look around and see if there was something special God wanted me to notice.
Wow. I am glad I did. As I looked out the window. I noticed the cross on the church next door shining down on me. It had always been facing the street out front before. I thought it was stationary but I guess it moved with the wind. And strangely enough it took up position facing me in that moment that I sensed God with me in a special way. His voice was in my hunch. His leading was in my sensing of His presence. I would have missed something special had I not stopped to look for His direction in that moment.
If we ran to the end of the world; we could not escape His voice.
But God chooses to reveal Himself to those who seek Him, when they are ready.
I have learned that I see more of what He wants me to see as I transform my prayers from asking God how to get what I want. And re-direct them to asking Him how I can truly be about what He wants. The heart, character and nature of Jesus should not just be a fact of history but a daily pursuit of life.
Therefore, though His voice is mighty enough to get through to us,
wherever we are. He chooses mostly to speak to us, when we are
close enough to hear Him whisper. Be still & know that He is God.
I have developed one awesome friendship that has helped me through myriad’s of challenges and difficulties, I have faced. … This friendship is My relationship with Jesus. I have found that Knowing Jesus is like having a psychiatrist-healer-counselor-dynamic friend-great leader & inspirational coach move in, on The Inside of Me!
The problem with us being still enough to receive God’s direction is that we have way too much “superfluous stuff” running circles in our brain. We grow when we learn to live by the 80/20 Rule: In business, there’s a rule of thumb that twenty percent of the sales people will generate eighty percent of the business, and that twenty percent of your customers will create eighty percent of your problems. I’ve found both to be true. I’m suggesting that you apply the rule to your personal life.
First, identify the twenty percent of problems that create eighty percent of your stress in life. Then, focus on resolving that twenty percent. You’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel by making progress on these major issues. I also predict you’ll get a boost in attitude from just making the list.
Simple effective advice. Don’t worry. Focus on what’s really important and you will improve your life.
Sometimes, I wonder where in the world today’s kids get their terms and slang from. But some of it is all to clear. Kids talk about wanting to “hang out” with their friends. Boy, this is a real plain term. It reminds me of what I really think God wants to do with us. I do not think God’s chief goals for us are activity centered but relationship centered. He wants to communicate with us. More than that. He wants to “commune” with us! He wants to “hang out” with us.
- God literally wants to hold us in the Palm of His hands. Learn to “Hang Out” with Him and you will have a better chance of hearing Him, if He whispers.