D.Stuart Briscoe D.Stuart Briscoe (1930)
Faith
"To believe in God starts with a conclusion about Him, develops into confidence in Him, and then matures into a conversation with Him."
 
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A Gentle Whisper And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. (1 Kings 19:12) One of God’s greatest miracles is the way he works silently in the hearts of his people. The way he speaks to our spirit, nudging us to do right instead of wrong. The way he communicates with us through the gentle whisper in our soul. God speaks to us as he spoke to Elijah on the mountain. There are times in my life when I don’t obey. Times when I ignore his teachings and my better judgment. I defy God and live for myself, even though I know better. During those times God sends a whirlwind to warn me that he’s angry. It’s his shot over the bow to let me know that I am on dangerous ground. His raging whirlwind is my red flag, and if I don’t heed it, I can expect an earthquake to follow. I’ve lived long enough to have survived a few of God’s earthquakes, and it’s not a fun place to be. When God’s anger is raised, his hand of discipline often follows. And when the Lord shakes your foundation, you know you’ve been shaken. You also know that his purpose is to bring you back. Sometimes you have to tear down a few walls to remodel, and that’s what God often does with us.  But these times of turmoil don’t last forever. When God’s discipline has brought us back into submission, he usually follows it by giving us a glimpse of his glory. He sends his fire to pass before us and lets us see his holiness. It is God’s way of reminding us who he is and who we are before him.  God is never closer than when he speaks through a gentle whisper. His Spirit speaking softly into ours. Guiding us. Teaching us. Mentoring us. Drawing us nearer to his ways. “My sheep recognize my voice,” Jesus said (John 10:27).  God’s whisper is heaven’s greatest love song. 

Today’s Reading  1 Kings 9:11-13; 19:12 Reflection  How much time do you spend listening for God’s gentle whisper? Why not commit to spending time each day in quiet meditation?
 
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