God Whisperers

The Lord was not in the wind, the earthquake or fire, but in the sound of a small whisper. I Kings 19:12

We’ve heard about those special individuals who have unique talents for communicating with dogs, horses and even plants. They have been labeled “whisperers.” I know a gifted mechanic whom some might call 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 with action, anointing God’s choice to rule Israel as its new king.

God seems to enjoy working through people like Elijah rather than doing it himself. The Word of God suggests he is ready to speak and direct all who seek to follow Jesus Christ in this way.

God used two God whisperers to help a new believer whom God had chosen for a vital mission. Ananias wasn’t sure he heard the Lord correctly when he was told to go pray for the church’s public enemy No. 1. But God confirmed it and Ananias took action, bringing healing, encouragement and direction to Saul, whom God ordained as Apostle Paul.

Barnabas, called God’s encourager, felt the Spirit prompt him to travel to Tarsus to locate Paul and rescue him from obscurity. Barnabas brought him to Antioch, giving his seal of approval to Paul to the church. This launched his mission as apostle to all non-Jews, called Gentiles.

Have you ever felt God’s nudge, the promptings of His Spirit to bless someone? If you followed through on these nudges, you might be a God whisperer.

I had this opportunity when Alex showed up in his Triple A tow truck to charge my run-down battery one hot Florida afternoon.  As he revived my battery, the Spirit prompted me to ask, “So, what’s going on in your life these days?” He shared how his girl-friend broke his heart and how lonely he’d been. Later he admitted he had been having 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?