Jan 22, 2016

God’s Voice

We live in a consumer world. Many people think of prayer as something of a requisition form that we submit to God. That is we pray for this or that, and then expect God to respond to us—“the customer.” And as we all know: the customer is always right.

Long ago I heard a story about a young man and an old preacher. The young man had lost his job and didn’t know which way to turn. So he went to see the old preacher.

Pacing about the preacher’s study, the young man ranted about his problem. Finally he clenched his fist and shouted, “I’ve prayed to God and I’ve begged God to say something to help me, preacher, why doesn’t God answer?”

The old preacher, who sat across the room, spoke something in reply, something so hushed it was too faint to hear. The young man stepped across the room. “What did you say?” he asked. The preacher repeated himself, but again in a tone as soft as a whisper. So the young man moved closer until he was leaning on the preacher's chair.
“Sorry,” he said. “I still didn't hear you.” With their heads bent together, the old preacher spoke once more. “God sometimes whispers,” he said, “So we will move closer to hear him.” This time the young man heard and he understood.

We all want God’s voice to thunder through the air with the answer to our problem. But sometimes God’s is the still, small voice . . . the gentle whisper. Perhaps there’s a reason. Nothing draws human focus quite like a whisper. God’s whisper means I must stop my ranting and move close to God, until my head is bent together with God’s. And then, as I listen, I will find my answer.

Better still, I find myself closer to God. And there is no better place to be. We might even say that is the whole point of prayer in any event.

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