Hearing the Whispers of God

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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

 

 

6 Comments on Hearing the Whispers of God

  1. Lesson Learner
    October 20, 2014 at 3:40 pm (3 years ago)

    Love this post. Thank you.

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    • Writing Sisters
      October 21, 2014 at 7:17 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you! We love to share what we find in the Word and in our reading. The two small books by Fenelon, The Seeking Heart, and Let Go are two favorites.

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  2. sustainabilitea
    October 20, 2014 at 9:17 pm (3 years ago)

    He also speaks to people through their consciences, through the Bible, and through nature.

    janet

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    • Writing Sisters
      October 21, 2014 at 7:14 am (3 years ago)

      Yes! The challenge is to listen – to be still long enough to be aware of God as He speaks to us. It’s hard to be still!

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  3. katharinetrauger
    October 22, 2014 at 9:39 am (3 years ago)

    Absolutely, He does speak to us. And when we listen, oh…

    Thanks for the line from Hosea. Our group is studying the Revelation right now, and it speaks of a dragon going after a woman, and a place prepared in the desert for her to hide and be nourished. How perfect the thought that He will allure us there!

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