It All Started From A Whisper
  

Hearing From God Can Be An Impetus For Powerful Change

It all started from a whisper. The gentle voice spoke to my spirit this one question, “How would Jesus describe his Father?”  Hearing this question took me on a journey of exploration and discovery that prompted me to conduct a Bible study. From the Bible study, I began to write out the new understanding and revelation God was giving me. Those revelations became chapters that are now a book, Our Good Father.  While the process was long and at times arduous, it all began from one simple thing – a whisper.

I find it amazing how one small thought, like a seed planted in the ground of the mind, can flourish and grow into something wonderful, beautiful and fruitful.  Jesus taught, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field.  Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” (Matthew 13:31-32) The story of the mustard seed becoming a tree that gives life to others is a perfect analogy for how a quiet whisper in my ear a couple years back became the impetus to transform my own relationship with God and grew into a seed that is now going to help other people relate better to God as well.

Jesus taught, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27)  In this one statement we find three powerful truths that can empower every child of God.

The first is this: We all hear his voice. Now that’s not to say we all recognize or discern his voice, a whole separate but valuable topic on its own, it is just to say we all hear it.  The difference between hearing and listening is vast. Just now as I stopped typing on my computer to pause and think, I began to hear a few noises – the humming sound of my dishwasher, the buzzing sound of my neighbor mowing his lawn and the soft flow of air coming out from my laptop.  All three sounds were within earshot the whole time I was typing, but I did not recognize any of them until I stopped, quieted myself and listened. God is speaking. Are you listening?

The second truth Jesus gives is that He knows us. And because the shepherd knows his sheep, we can be assured that the words he speaks are the exact words we need to hear. I have three kids and over time I have seen how my kids differ in personality, temperament, and gifting. Therefore, the way in which I speak to each of my kids is different because I know them. How much more does our Heavenly Father know us, his kids, and want to whisper the exact words we need to hear? Knowing God is keenly aware of our personal identity accompanied by the fact that He loves us and wants what is best for us is a great motivation to hear his voice.

Finally, Jesus taught that his sheep follow him. When the Good Shepherd speaks to our hearts, He not only expects us to listen, He expects us to do what He tells us to do! James writes, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” (James 1:22) It truly is not enough to hear God’s voice. We must also do what he prompts us to do in order to walk in the blessing of his good will. We need to trust that whatever God tells us to do will be for our ultimate good, even if on occasion it may cause us temporary discomfort.

I am so glad that I listened to the whisper that spoke to me, “How would Jesus describe his Father?”  I cannot say that I have always listened, always trusted, or always acted on what I have heard. What I can say is that every time I obeyed, I was blessed greater than I expected, well beyond the fears I often faced when I considered the task at hand.  Take the time to stop, listen to God’s voice and do the next thing He instructs you to do.

If you are curious about how the little whisper I heard developed and blossomed into a new revelation of God’s goodness and love,  be sure to order a copy of my new book, Our Good Father. In this book, you will hear how Jesus describes his Father and how it can change your relationship with God.
  

Our Good Father ($14.99)​​