Did you hear it? You know what I mean; that soft, gentle whisper that is so soft that you are not sure if you heard it or just imagined it. That whisper that encourages you to go and talk to a nearby stranger, the person… that is sad…that is hurting…that needs comfort…that needs a word of encouragement…that needs a word from God through you. Have you ever heard it? Did you respond to the whisper?
Well you will never know what they would say if you never go over and chat. What is the worst that can happen; they won’t want to talk to you? But wait a sec; who told you to go over in the first place? Don’t you think They know what They are asking?
This whole conversing-with-strangers thing may seem weird to you; but not if you come out to the church prayer meetings. On Prayer Nights you will hear the most extraordinary testimonials which were often started by a response to a gently whispered request: “God told me to go over and…”
Philip heard that whisper before meeting with the Ethiopian Eunuch. (Acts 8:29-31)
Peter also heard that whisper before going to meet the Centurion. (Acts 10:19-20)
And Ananias heard that whisper before going to Straight St. to return Paul’s sight. (Acts 9:11-12)
Lastly, two of the neatest whisper stories are God’s whispers to Samuel (1 Samuel 3:1-10) and God’s unique whisper to Elijah (1 Kings 19:11-13).
Now some of these guys did question the whisper before obeying it; and yet aren’t we all glad that they did obey it? So now getting back to you; did you ever respond? Would you respond?
God does not whisper to everyone, but if you hear Him, do not doubt Him. If you take a pause from your Bible study you will realize that God really only expects two things of His children: good character and obedience. We are not responsible for most of what happens to us in this life, but we are responsible for how we respond; and that response depends upon our character. Secondly, when God tells you to do something, through His Word, through a spiritual friend, or through a whisper, He expects you to obey.
May this always be your response to the Lord’s whispers: “what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops” (Matthew 10:27b).
“Who among you fears the Lord?
Who obeys the voice of His servant?
Who walks in darkness and has no light? (Or: …and is no light?)
Let him trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God” (Isaiah 50:10).
“You are the light of the world.” (Matthew 5:14a).