I started reading The Power of a Whisper: Hearing God, Having the Guts to Respond by Bill Hybels initially over Christmas but didn’t really get on with it. I think I needed more space and time, and ironically God was maybe going to use it to whisper in my ear.
The book challenges the reader to think about the attitudes and characteristics needed to hear from God, and most specifically to hear when God whispers in our ear. He shares, as always, a number of stories and scripture passages that outline how we hear God’s whisper in our mind, through scripture and through others. In chapter four he very helpfully outlines a number of ways in which we can know that we’re hearing from God:
- Ask is this message from God?
- Is it Scriptural?
- Is it Wise?
- Is it in tune with your own character?
- What do the people you most trust think about it?
The reason I wonder if God was using this book to whisper to me was a small paragraph at the top of page 199:
When you heart gets layered over by protectiveness because of the tough ministry hits you’ve taken through the years you become less sensitive to the hearts of others. I think this dynamic deserves your honest reflection.
Something I’m reflecting on at the moment, what has ministry normalised in my heart?