Isaiah 30:21 (NRSV)
And when you turn to the right
or when you turn to the left,
your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying,
“This is the way; walk in it.”
Do not have your concert first and tune your instrument afterwards. Begin the day with the Word of God and prayer, and first of all get into harmony with Him.
– Hudson Taylor
He is always conscious of us, but we need to focus our attention and our consciousness upon him. Then he can whisper to us the love-plans he has for us.
– Rosalind Rinker, missionary
Quotes from The Power of a Whisper
by Bill Hybels
I love that God willingly speaks to us, that he cares enough for us as his kids to whisper the path that he’d have us walk.
The God of the Scriptures is irrepressibly communal, hopelessly familial and his whispers are still ours to hear.
Not only does God draw near to his children and seek them out when they’re having a rough go, but also he speaks words to them- words of comfort, insight and peace.
If there is a pattern in Scripture regarding whispers, it is that we serve a communicating God- a God of words. He created with a word, he healed with a word, he encouraged with a word, he guided with a word, he prophesied with a word, he assured with a word, he loved with a word, he served with a word and he comforted with a word. Throughout all of history, God has communicated, and he still is at it today. The issue isn’t whether or not God is speaking; it’s whether we will have ears to hear what he says.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (The Message)
Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do,
everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
The destiny of my spiritual life is such identification with Jesus Christ that I always hear God, and I know that God always hears me (John 11:41). If I am united with Jesus Christ, I hear God, by the devotion of hearing all the time. A lily, or a tree, or a servant of God, may convey God’s message to me. What hinders me from hearing is that I am taken up with other things. It is not that I will not hear God, but I am not devoted in the right place. I am devoted to things, to service, to convictions, and God may say what He likes but I do not hear Him. The child attitude is always, “Speak, Lord, for Thy servant heareth.” (1 Samuel 3:10) If I have not cultivated this devotion of hearing, I can only hear God’s voice at certain times; at other times I am taken up with things – things which I say I must do, and I become deaf to Him, I am not living the life of a child. Have I heard God’s voice today?
– Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest
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