God’s Word is Inspired
You know, there is a passage from the first book of Kings where God was teaching Elijah how to hear His voice, and it is one of my favorite passages from the Old Testament. I guess it is so dear to me because at an early point in my walk with the Lord, He spoke to me very clearly and distinctly through this portion of His inspired Word. But before we dive into this verse, let me take a short detour here: When you hear someone say that God’s Word, the Holy Bible, is inspired, know that it is absolutely true! It is inspired on at least two fronts. First of all, the Bible itself was inspired by none other than God’s Holy Spirit Himself. How else can you explain a literary work that is written by many different people, from many different cultures, from all walks of life, over thousands of years, in many different languages, and yet has a consistent theme all throughout? Without the anointing, direction and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, you simply can’t. How else can you explain that it is as fresh and relevant for us today as it was when originally written down? You can’t.
The Word is Alive
God’s Word is inspired on a second front as well. It is alive and full of power, quite literally. It is not, as the enemy of our souls would have us believe, merely an old classic that consists merely of words printed on a bunch of pages. Oh no, no, no, that is a lie straight from the pit of hell. It is full of life, the very life of God Himself. How do I know this? From personal experience. All too often, when I read sacred (yes, it is sacred) scripture, a verse will have a completely different meaning for me than it did the last time I read it. Another common experience for me – I will read a verse, and it will jump off the page (or screen) and hit me with such force and vitality that it grabs the attention of my whole being. My usual response at these times is “Ok Lord, I hear you.” That is the Holy Spirit speaking, and making the Word intimate, relevant and personal to me. Can dead, printed words do that? No way!
Looking in the Wrong Places
Now back to the verse from Kings. Why do you suppose that it seems to be so difficult for many of us to hear the voice of God? Well, could it be that we are looking for Him in all the wrong places? Being the humans that we are, living in this busy and noisy world of ours, we look for and hope to find Him in the loud and dramatic. But, as the Lord showed the prophet Elijah, He cannot be found in all the places most of us look in vain. He is not in the strong wind nor in the earthquake. He is not to be found in the fire. After showing Elijah all the glitz and glamor of His mighty power, the Lord finally revealed Himself in the most unexpected manner imaginable – a tiny whisper.
What??? The Lord God Himself, who is the Creator of the entire universe, the wielder of all power and glory, can only be found in a whisper? Oh, come on now, it cannot be! Yet, as counter-intuitive as it seems to us, that is precisely the lesson that He was teaching Elijah. And it is the same lesson that He continues to teach His beloved children today. Like I shared in my recent article Does God really speak to ME?, He does speak to us, we just have to quiet our hearts down so that we can hear that whisper. We don’t have to look “out there” to find God; He is living in our hearts, patiently waiting for us to listen. As you make the time and effort to quiet yourself down so as to hear that whisper in your heart, you WILL be pleasantly surprised at what you hear Him say to you. And let me tell you, again from personal experience, this journey into your heart will eventually open up the entire universe, and even eternity itself, to you. Are you ready to take the first step on this journey? Go ahead, just do it, and don’t look back!
One more thing – do you feel a warmth and peace deep in your heart as you read this article? That, my friend, is the Holy Spirit encouraging you to come into your heart and listen to His voice speaking to you personally.
Hear the Whisper?
Have you heard that still, small voice, that tiny whisper in your heart? Please share it in the comments below, to provide encouragement to others in their journey to the Lord abiding in their hearts. We are all on this journey, so let’s join hands and walk together!
1 Kings 19:11-13 (NAB)
Then the LORD said, “Go outside and stand on the mountain before the LORD; the LORD will be passing by.” A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the LORD–but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake–but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was fire–but the LORD was not in the fire. After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound. When he heard this, Elijah hid his face in his cloak and went and stood at the entrance of the cave.
Hebrews 4:12 (NAB)
Indeed, the word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.