Hearing God

Elijah was terrified.  Jezebel promised to kill him in the next 24 hours.  So he runs.  And then God shows up:

11 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. 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. (1 Kings 19)

Stillness.  Quietness.  A whisper.  There is a distinctiveness to when God speaks.  Elijah knew the difference.  There was something in the whisper that made it very clear that it was God speaking, so Elijah moved closer.

There are times when we just have to wait until He speaks.  And we need to actually listen, to look for His activity, to pay attention so we’ll recognize Him when He moves.

Maybe today is the day you finally hear what you’ve been needing to hear.  Maybe it’s not.  Question is – are you listening?



  1. God open my eyes to see you, my ears to HEAR you, and heart to understand, and courage follow!

  2. God always has his word for us. The enemy will use every interruption in our day to drown out the sound of the gentle whisper. You must quiet your soul and rest in God’s peace and you will hear God’s voice in your heart with the wisdom and knowldege that you seek in your situation. He will never leave you stranded to work it all out by yourself.

    To those who say that God has never spoken to them, I just say open your bible. As you read his truth, you will get a message just for you.

  3. Nice post Steve!
    Listening to God is so important in our lives, but it is one of the easiest things Satan tricks us from doing. So often, we’re consumed in our busy lives, or in the outside world, that we forget the importance of quiet time with God.

    You’ll see on this website (http://bibleseo.com/featured/how-to-do-quiet-time-time-alone-with-god/) that when trying to listen to God – we have to listen deep within our hearts, where God speaks and we need to measure it up with the Word of God. Prayer without scripture produces fanaticism and Scripture without prayer produces the Pharisee. We’re not to be mystics, but we’re not just meant to be people who understand the Bible as just a piece of literature.

    A pastor once said “Theology strengthens doxology [the art of worship] and doxology strengthens theology.” I’ve kept those words close to me and they’ve meant a huge amount to me. If we can learn to further our personal relationship with God in prayer and worship and if we can learn to study the Bible, guided by the Holy Spirit, we are drawn closer to God.

    Again, nice post – very thought-provoking. I’ll be sure to keep tracking this blog. If you have a spare moment or two, please check out mine (http://americanconservative01.wordpress.com/).

    God bless.

  4. Thanks for your comment. Another thought on hearing is that sometimes we don’t hear because we’re so busy asking and petitioning that we forget to stop and listen & to read His word. We’re good at being like Martha, but it was Mary who the Lord praised.

  5. Good thought on prayer w/o Scripture and Scripture w/o prayer. We’ve been given both as a means of learning more about who God is and they need to be used together. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Regretfully and regrettably I suspect that the most common reason we don’t recognize God’s voice is that we don’t spend enough time with Him–in prayer, in His word, with His Word, among His people, in doing His work, and in/on/through/at/etc other areas that offer us His presence.

    Yet we can’t wait to run to the ballpark to be entertained by athletes whose voice we will likely never hear. And we’re happy. Where are our priorities?

    Steve, you recognize the timbre, tone, and personality of your earthly father’s voice because you spent time with him directly and indirectly on his property, in his house, at his table, and from birth to adulthood at his ankles, knees, hips, shoulders and head. You’ve been with him in and through good times and not-so-good times. You would recognize his voice over the clammering crowd and its roaring havoc because you actually spent/spend time with him. Did I mention you spent/spend time with him?

    It’s not so much that we need to slow down to hear a familiar voice. It’s simply that we have to learn to recognize it first. Adam recognized God’s voice because, well face it, there was no one in the garden other than Eve that Adam listened to. Abraham, Isaac, and so many Bible heroes recognized God’s voice regardless of the dizzying traffic surrounding their sometimes chaotic lives. Why? Because they learned to recognize His voice.

    Elijah was running scared of Jezebel. He had heard God’s voice earlier at the brook and at the altar. And now he’s running away from her? Forget the arguments about Elijah’s being depressed. God had to retrain Elijah to be attuned to His voice, to remind him that God is greater than all of those distractions if we let Him be greater. And that starts with knowing Him and recognizing the timbre, tone, and personality of His voice by spending time with Him.

    I hope to hear His voice over the din of the screaming world system, don’t want to miss the rapture 😉

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