This article is written by Calli May on her blog at Calli May Hey.
God often speaks in a whisper; He speaks in a still small voice. Can you hear Him whispering to your heart, or have you been distant and unable to decipher what He is saying? Maybe you can see that His lips are moving, but what He is saying is unclear. The closer you get, the more you hear. I don’t know about you, but I want to be so near to Him that I can feel His breathe on my skin. When you can’t hear Him it’s not because He isn’t speaking, its because you aren’t leaning in.
“Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the LORD told him. And as Elijah stood there, the LORD passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper.” (1 Kings 19:11-12)
How hard is it to clearly understand someone who is whispering from across the room? I would say it’s near impossible. I believe that is the reason God sometimes speaks in a gentle whisper. He wants to see which of His children will be willing to drop everything and come running to hear His still small voice. I would hate to miss Gods voice because I’m detached and far off.
When you just can’t seem to hear His voice, Beloved, it’s time to draw closer still.
Anytime I have felt distant from God I try to take a step back and examine my life. “What’s making the closeness of Christ seem like an unreachable longing?” At first I blame Him, “God, why have you forsaken me when I need you?” The verse I always hear in response to my complaining is, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…” (James 4:8 ). No matter how many times I repeat this process, I always seem to forget that I am required to run full speed towards God in order for Him to do the same. He does speak, and you will hear Him if you have made it your duty to always draw near to Him.
Also, we must get rid of anything that forces a wedge between us and God. Petty distractions can fog your hearing and keep you from perceiving the Father’s voice clearly. There are constant interruptions in our life as we pursue God. With social Media, TV, and all things Apple, our attention is constantly being pulled every which way. I find myself even more distracted when I am trying to seek God wholeheartedly. Why do you think that is? Because the enemy knows it just might work. Don’t worry, we have all fallen victim to this catastrophe. Our world, no matter where we live, is full of substances that beg for our full and undivided attention. Maybe we need to cut out some of the time we spend on worthless nothings to spend time seeking the God who is our everything. Maybe He seems distant because we have put so much junk in between ourselves and our creator. Isn’t it funny that we act like it’s His fault that we don’t hear Him?
Step back, remove all deception, and you just might find that the answer is in changing your reception.
How severely do you want to hear Him? Desperate times call for desperate measures. If hearing Him meant giving up the world would you do it? No doubt, God will stay in constant pursuit of your heart and attention, but you have to open the door and invite Him in. “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” (Revelation 3:20). Once you invite Him in, remember to stay ever by His side, and when He speaks, you will be close enough to hear the intimate whispers of your Almighty God.