Part 1: Is God Whispering Or Shouting?

Is God whispering your name?

Is He?

This storm you’re in—could it be that God isn’t whispering but actually shouting to you?

It could be.

It might be.

I wonder.

“Do heroes know when they are heroic? Rarely. Are historic moments acknowledged when they happen? You know the answer to that one. (If not, a visit to the manger will remind you.) We seldom see history in the making, and we seldom recognize heroes. Which is just as well, for if we knew either, we might mess up both. But we’d do well to keep our eyes open. Tomorrow’s Spurgeon might be mowing your lawn. And the hero who inspires him might be nearer than you think. He might be in your mirror.”

― Max Lucado, When God Whispers Your Name

 

(I wonder?)

The more God empties your hands for other work the more you may know He has special work to give them.

— Edmund Garrett

If Job could have known, as he sat there in the ashes, bruising his heart on this problem of Providence, that in the trouble that had come upon him he was doing what one man may do to work out the problem for the world, he might again have taken courage. No man lives to himself. Job’s life is but your life and mine written in larger text… So, then, though we may not know what trials wait on any of us, we can believe that, as the days in which Job wrestled with his dark maladies are the only days that make him worth remembrance, and but for which his name had never been written in the book of life, so the days through which we struggle, finding no way, but never losing the light, will be the most significant we are called to live.

— Robert Collyer

As evening fell, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.”

So they took him just as He was and started out, leaving the crowds behind (though other boats followed). But soon a terrible storm arose. High waves began to break into the boat until it was nearly full of water and about to sink. Jesus was asleep at the back of the boat with His head on a cushion.

Frantically they wakened Him, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you even care that we are all about to drown?”

Then He rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Quiet down!” And the wind fell, and there was a great calm! And He asked them, “Why were you so fearful? Don’t you even yet have confidence in Me?”

Gospel of Mark 4:35-40Mark 4:35-40
English: World English Bible - WEB

35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let’s go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the multitude, they took him with them, even as he was, in the boat. Other small boats were also with him. 37 There arose a great wind storm, and the waves beat into the boat, so much that the boat was already filled. 38 He himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion, and they woke him up, and told him, “Teacher, don’t you care that we are dying?” 39 He awoke, and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” The wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? How is it that you have no faith?”

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2 thoughts on “Part 1: Is God Whispering Or Shouting?”

    1. Hi Sue, thanks for stopping by! I love this quote but I also have experienced both, the shouting and the whispering. I much prefer the whispering as did Lewis. After he lost his beloved Joy he changed many of his confirmed views about God and pain. I especially loved his observation, “I never knew grief was so much like fear.” Profound, when you think about it, let alone experience it as he did. I find the “shouting or the whispering” much depends on the state of our hearts. Yielded hearts search and find God in the “whispers.” Prodigals, alas, only seem to listen to God’s shouting, as Lewis (and I myself) discovered. But, I also discovered that there is just as much love and yearning in His shouts, as His whispers. God will do whatever He must do to catch our attention and hopefully, reach our hearts. That is how desperately He loves us! Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

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