God speaks to us in many ways, and as last days leaders we desire to hear His voice. He spoke in an audible voice to Moses and Paul, but He also speaks in a gentle whisper or the "inner voice."
Elijah heard it. He was feeling quite alone and was reminding the Lord how zealous he had been and how his enemies were trying to kill him (1 Kings 19:11-13). Elijah was expecting a loud voice. Suddenly there was a powerful wind that shattered rocks. There was an earthquake. There was a fire. But the Lord was in none of those. . .he came as a "gentle whisper," it says. The ‘gentle whisper is the inner voice. The gentle whisper can be a sentence, a fragment of a sentence, or simply a word or two in our heart and mind. It is most common way for many of us to hear His voice.
Under the New Covenant, we have a daily relationship with God through the Holy Spirit. The Spirit’s voice is often a whisper, an inner voice. It is so easily ignored, yet so powerful when believed. It is so easily ascribed to your own thoughts rather than to God’s thoughts. Listen for God’s gentle, inner voice and you will hear His heart.
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