– Author Unknown
The story was told about a young man and an old preacher. The young man had lost his job and didn’t know which way to turn. So he went to see the old preacher.
Pacing about the preacher’s study, the young man ranted about his problem. Finally, he clenched his fist and shouted, “I’ve begged God to say something to help me, preacher. Why doesn’t God answer?”
The old preacher, who sat across the room, spoke something in reply, something so hushed it was indistinguishable. The young man stepped across the room. “What did you say?” he asked. The preacher repeated himself, but again in a tone as soft as a whisper. So the young man moved closer until he was leaning on the preacher’s chair.
“Sorry,” he said. “I still didn’t hear you.” With their heads bent together, the old preacher spoke once more. “God sometimes whispers,” he said, “So we will move closer to hear him.” This time the young man heard and he understood.
We all want God’s voice to thunder through the air with the answer to our problem. But God’s is the still, small voice; the gentle whisper. Perhaps there is a reason.
Nothing draws human focus quite like a whisper. God’s whisper means you must stop your ranting and move close to Him until your head is bent together with His. And then, as you listen, you will find your answer. Better still, you will find yourself closer to God.
In the word of Johannes Tauler, “If you keep watch over your heart, listen for the voice of God and learn of Him; in one short hour you can learn more from Him than you could learn from man in a thousand years.”
Meditation: Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. – James 4:8
You will succeed in Jesus Name!