Lord, please, give me a sign! Has anyone else ever prayed this prayer? If I’ve prayed it once, I’ve prayed it a thousand times, and I’m willing to bet you have too. You’ve heard or thought you heard God speak, but you just need some confirmation, you need a sign. God can and will perform mighty signs to get our attention, but God’s voice is more often but a whisper, yet we are usually looking for those giant signs with His signature at the bottom telling us what we’ve already heard from Him.
I have currently been in this season, I’ve heard from God but just need some confirmation, so I’ve spent months in prayer hoping for a sign full of directions and details. I just need to know for sure that’s what he wants for me. Several months back my pastor had a guest speaker at church to encourage our staff. This particular speaker has a great gift of prophecy, and with much anticipation, I waited for my confirmation through the man of God. He came and went, and he never had a word for me. Now I’m just going to be honest and tell you; I was not very pleased that God didn’t supply the confirmation that I was so sure I needed. So I’m pouting and fussing to God about how I needed to hear from Him, and well, that didn’t go as I planned either. God spoke to me at that moment, and He reminded of a time that He talked, and I listened, and His whisper came to fruition in my life. There was no significant sign or confirmation needed. Then God said to me ”learn and listen to my voice, I’ve already told you what you need to know, and you need to trust my voice, you don’t need anyone else to tell you what I’ve already said.” Ouch! That my friends was a hard truth to swallow. I needed to have faith in His voice.
In 1 Kings 19:1-13 we come across Elijah. I’ll give you a rundown of what’s happening here. So Elijah is fearful and running for his life, he plopped down under a broom tree and prayed to die, he’d had enough. Sound familiar? Does anyone else ever feel like giving up? God knew Elijah needed a pick me up, so he sent an Angel to feed him and give him the strength to go on.
Verse 11-13, “Then he said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the Lord’s presence.” At that moment, the Lord passed by. A great and mighty wind was tearing at the mountains and was shattering cliffs before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind, there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake, there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire, there was a voice, a soft whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.”
Our entire belief in God has been built on faith, yet often we look for signs rather than listening for whispers. The very definition of faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). The voice of God requires our faith. We can see signs, but we can’t look at His whispers. The still small voice requires faith and ears to hear. So how do we tune our ears to listen to the whisper? We spend time in His presence. In the book of 1 Samuel 3, we find the story of Samuel when he was just a boy. The Bible tells us Samuel was lying in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. He was lying in the presence of the Lord. The Lord spoke to Samuel three times, but each time Samuel thought it was Eli who was calling. The third time Eli told the boy that it was the voice of the Lord he was hearing. He instructed the boy to respond, “speak for your servant is listening.”
Can you hear it? The whisper. If you’ve felt like God isn’t speaking, could it be that maybe you aren’t listening? Or perhaps you need to spend some time lying in his presence? God wants nothing more than to whisper in your ear, He has an incredible plan for you, tune in and hear what He has to say.