Let us be silent that we may hear the whispers of God. Ralph Waldo Emerson
How do you hear from God? Fenelon writes that God speaks in whispers. Can we be silent long enough to hear from Him?
Don’t listen to your self-nature. Self-love whispers in one ear and God whispers in the other. The first is restless, bold, eager, and reckless; the other is simple, peaceful, and speaks but a few words in a mild, gentle voice. As soon as you listen to the loud voice of self you will not hear the soft tones of holy love. Each speaks only of one thing. Self-love speaks only of self—it never gets enough attention . . .
God’s love, on the other hand, whispers that self should be forgotten—counted as nothing so that God might be all. God wants to completely fill you and unite himself to you. Let the vain, complaining babble of self-love be silenced so that in the stillness of the heart you may listen to the love of God. Fenelon, The Seeking Heart
What do you think? Does God speak to us?
Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her. Hosea 2:14