The God Whisperers
And after the fire [and earthquake] came a gentle whisper [a still, small voice]. I Kings 19:12
Individuals with unique talents for communicating with dogs, horses and even plants have been labeled “whisperers.” I know a gifted mechanic whom some might label a car whisperer. To achieve this status requires skills in listening, observing and a readiness to take action.
God spoke to Elijah, the prophet in a whisper and the prophet went on to do mighty things for the Lord and for others. I call him a God whisperer because he listened for God’s quiet nudge, and then followed through by anointing Jehu king of Israel, Hazael, king of Aram and Elisha as his successor.
God might have done these things himself, but He seems to prefer prompting others and then work through them.
I believe Ananias and Barnabas were God whisperers. The former heard from the Lord then brought God’s message and healing to St. Paul. Barnabas, God’s encourager, was prompted to travel to Tarsus, locate Paul to rescue him from obscurity then bring him to Antioch where he began his apostolic ministry.
Have you felt God’s gentle nudge, the promptings of His Spirit to be a blessing to someone? If you followed through on these nudges, we might consider you a God whisperer.
I met Alex when my battery went dead one hot Florida afternoon. He drove up in his Triple A tow truck and got to work. As he revived my battery, the Spirit prompted me to ask, “So, what’s going on in your life these days?” He opened up, sharing how a girl had broken his heart and how lonely he’d been. Later he admitted he had suicidal thoughts.
Since he had opened the door, I took the bull by the horns. “Have you asked God for help?”
“Funny, you should ask.” I’ve been trying to get close to God, but I don’t know how.”
“Well, it starts with prayer, Alex. Would you like to know how to pray?”
“Absolutely,” Alex said
We stood by my car, now running fine, as I explained how Christ died for his sins, was here with us now, how God loved him and always ready to hear and answer our prayers. “Just speak to him the way you speak to me,” I suggested..
I suggested that his first prayer could be to ask God for forgiveness and to invite Christ into his life. When he agreed this would be a good thing, we prayed together. I believe a new soul was added to God’s kingdom that day. I saw Alex a few months later at a hospital visiting a young boy who had been hit by a car. It seemed Alex was on his way to becoming something of a God whisperer himself.
How about you?