Thank you Miriam at Miriam Pauline's Monologue for hosting IOW this week. Her quote is:
"God does not speak simply to be heard,
He speaks to be obeyed.
Obedience is the Alpha and Omega of discerning God's voice."
by Priscilla Shirer
Discerning the Voice of God: How to Recognize When God Speaks, P. 174
I can honestly admit I have never heard the audible voice of God speaking to me but I have felt God speaking to my heart many times. Sometimes I was even tempted to ignore it but the Holy Spirit would not allow that to happen. God penetrated my heart and there was no peace until I acted upon His instruction. Ever been there?
The story of Elijah in 1 Kings 19: 11-19, reminds us that God doesn't only reveal Himself in powerful, miraculous ways. Elijah knew that the sound of gentle whisper was God's voice. To look for God only in something big like rallies, churches, conferences, or highly visible leaders, may cause us to miss Him. God is often found gently whispering in the quietness of a humbled heart.
Are you listening for God? Step back from the noise and activity of your busy life and listen humbly and quietly for His guidance. It may come when you least expect it.