Listening and Hearing from God
By: Priscilla Paquin
John 14 says, “And I will ask the Father and he will give you another helper to be with you forever.”
The bible was written because people stopped and listened to God. They became still, listened… and wrote. Jesus’s entire ministry was possible because he listened. Intently. The bible tells us that he often went to lonely places to commune with his Abba; to share himself with him and then listen to the direction his Abba wanted him to go in. It wasn’t always the direction that he wanted to go in, but nevertheless, he listened. And obeyed. He would often remind people that he did only what he heard from the Father.
Can we say the same thing? Are we stopping and being still long enough to share with our Abba and then listen to what direction he would like us to go in? Are we running our worries and concerns by God and then doing only what we hear from Him? Jesus teaches us in Matthew 4, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” The Lord speaks in Isaiah 55, “Listen diligently to me. Incline your ear and come to me.”
In 1Kings 19 he says, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord and behold, the Lord passed by. And a great and strong wind tore the mountain and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord. But the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind, an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake, a fire. But the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire, a sound of a low whisper. And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in a cloak and went out and stood at the entrance to the cave, and behold there came a voice to him that said, “What are you doing here Elijah?” The Lord was in the low
whisper. Not just the whisper. The low whisper. And it was then that he spoke to Elijah, and it was then that Elijah went out and stood at the entrance of the cave and listened.
Are we slowing down long enough and being still and intentional to hear His low whisper? Or are we striving and spinning? The Lord says in Isaiah 28, “Give ear and hear my voice. Give attention and hear my speech.”
What if Jesus didn’t stop to listen? What if He assumed that He knew what His Abba wanted for Him? He knew Him well. Did He just – live a godly life and then go in the direction that He figured the Lord wanted for Him to go in? Never. He did only what he heard from His Father.
Psalm 81:8 reads, “Hear oh my people while I admonish you. Oh Israel, if you would but listen to me.” If they only would have listened… The Lord had something huge and important for them. All they needed to do was listen.
I wonder what it is that the Lord is wanting to whisper to you? He says in Proverbs 2:1-5, “My son, if you
receive my words and treasure up my commands within you, making your ear attentive to wisdom, and
inclining your heart to understanding, yet if you would call out for insight and raise your voice for
understanding. If you would seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will
understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.” He says in John 8, “Whoever is of God, hears the Words of God.”
Be still and know… God wasn’t in the whisper; he was in the low whisper. Be still and know…
Why did Jesus often go to lonely places to pray? The bible says, go in a room, shut the door… Be still enough to hear the low whisper. Are we contemplating what He said to us last night? Or this morning? Are His thoughts ringing in our ears? We need only to ask and then listen. Matthew 7:7 reads, “Ask and it will be
given, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.”