What Did You Say? Move Closer.

Not long ago I heard a story about a young man and an old preacher. The young man had lost his job and didn't know which way to turn. So he went to see the old preacher. Pacing about the preacher's study, the young man ranted about his problem. Finally he clenched his fist and shouted, "I've begged God to say something to help me, preacher, why doesn't God answer?"

Move Closer

The old preacher, who sat across the room, spoke something in reply, something so hushed it was indistinguishable. The young man stepped across the room. "What did you say?" he asked. The preacher repeated himself, but again in a tone as soft as a whisper. So the young man moved closer until he was leaning on the preacher's chair.

"Sorry," he said. "I still didn't hear you."

With their heads bent together, the old preacher spoke once more.

"God sometimes whispers," he said.

"So we will move closer to hear him."

This time the young man heard and he understood.

We all want God's voice to thunder through the air with the answer to our problem. But God's is the still, small voice... the gentle whisper.

Perhaps there's a reason.

Nothing draws human focus quite like a whisper.

God's whisper means I must stop my ranting and move close to Him, until my head is bent together with His. And then, as I listen, I will find my answer.

Better still, I find myself closer to God.

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Whisper

Whisper. A still, small voice. A hushed word. Whisper. For your ears only. Stopping and listening. Intently. Slowing down long enough to pause. Whisper. To tune out all other noises and distractions. Whispering to a friend. To a spouse. To a child. Emphasizing the message that speaks more than the loudest shout. Whisper. Sharing love.

God Speaks in a Still Small Voice

Have you ever wondered what that means? It comes from the story of Elijah told in the Bible, 1st Kings. Follow the title link for more depth about this "gentle whisper" and "still, small, voice."

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God Whispers Quotes

"Train your mind to hear what God is whispering, not what the enemy is shouting."

"Dear God. I hear you have a son who can do an amazing fish trick. I'd really like to see that personally."  ~ The Bear.

"How cool is it that the same God, who created mountains, oceans, stars, and galaxies, looked at you and thought the world needed one of you too?"



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