Gentle Whisper

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 136 - 1 Kings 19:11-12 - Gentle Whisper - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 136 – 1 Kings 19:11-12 – Gentle Whisper – Growing As Disciples

The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD 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.  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 (NIV)

Hear From Me

Do you want to hear from me? Yes, of course, I want to hear from you. Then I will ask you a couple questions. I’m listening. That’s good. What will make you able to hear from me? What will you unable to hear from me? I will start with your second question first. I will be unable to hear from you if I don’t believe that you will speak to me. I will be unable to hear from you if I am making no attempt to listen to you. I will be unable to hear from you if I never quiet myself before you. Why is that? This life is noisy. This life is busy. This life is distracting. This life is all consuming. If I don’t set aside a time and place to quiet myself before you, it will be very difficult for me to hear from you. That is true. There is something else that I have learned. What is that? Being able to hear and recognize your voice is something that grows over time. How so? The more I quiet myself before you and the more I listen to you, the more I will hear your gentle whispers speaking to me. That is also true. I know a couple other points are true, without a doubt. Tell me about them. If I am unwilling to obey you, I will be unlikely to hear from you. Why would you speak to me if I am unwilling to listen to you? Good point. Not obeying you is a sin, which brings me to the next point. If I have unconfessed sin in my life, I am unlikely to hear from you. Why is that? Unconfessed sin will more likely make me want to run from you rather than draw near to you. You are wise to know that to be true.

Let me hear what will make you able to hear from me? A burning desire to hear from you will make me able to hear from you. I will certainly find you if I seek you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I will certainly find you if I seek you with all that is within me. Yes, you will. A willingness to quiet myself before you will make me able to hear from you. A willingness to confess all my sins to you will make me able to hear from you. A commitment to set apart a daily time and place to meet with you will make me able to hear from you. Will you do all these things? Will you have this desire and this willingness in you? Yes, I will. That will be very good. Then you will hear from me. 

Heavenly Father, I know life is busy. I know that life is noisy. I know that I am hard of hearing. So, I will set aside a daily time and place to meet with you. I will quiet myself before you. I will listen carefully to you. I will hear your gentle whispers speaking to me. Amen

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A Gentle Whisper

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 158 - 1 Kings 19:11-12- A Gentle Whisper - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 158 – 1 Kings 19:11-12- A Gentle Whisper – Growing As Disciples

The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD 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. 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 (NIV)

Quiet 

I know one thing that is for certain. What’s that? I will only hear your whispers if I want to hear your whispers. Why do you say that? Life is busy and noisy. If I want to hear your voice speaking to me, I will need to quiet myself before you. That may seem like an easy task to some. But it is not. It takes a vigorous and committed effort to regularly and consistently quiet myself before you. Why is that the case? The demands of life scream for my attention. All that seems urgent but is ultimately not all that important attempts to monopolize all my time. There is never enough time to complete all the items on the “to do” lists of life. Trust me, I know. I have raced through life accomplishing the urgent and the unimportant. I do trust you, on this. Your life is not hidden from me. I have seen the frantic activity of your life. I know.

Do you want to hear from me? There is nothing I want more than to hear from you. Why is that? I want to come to know you. I want to come to love you. I want to come to follow and serve you. I want to come to live my life with and for you. I want to live and walk in an intimate relationship with you. I don’t want to hear an occasional whisper from you. I want to live in an ongoing dialogue with you throughout the day by day, moments of my life. How will that be possible? Only by you making it possible, of that I am sure. Yes, but what will need to happen in you for you to be able to hear from me? I will tell you what I think. Go ahead, I’m listening. Day by day and moment by moment you will make me better able to hear your voice as I continue to quiet myself before you. How do you know that to be true? That is what you have been doing in me already. You are making me better able to hear from you. Yes, I am. Keep on quieting yourself before me. Yes, I will. That will be very good.

Heavenly Father, I will withdraw from the noise and busyness of life so I can hear from you. I will quiet myself before you so I can hear your gentle whispers. Speak to me. I am listening. I will hear and respond and act on everything you have to say to me. Amen

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Day 158 – Becoming Like Christ – 1 Kings 19-11-12 – A Gentle Whisper – 4 Page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide

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