God’s Prophetic Whisper

NOT ALL MAJOR WORDS FROM GOD COME LIKE THUNDER.

If you think that “supernatural” means super noticeable you might be mistaken!

GOD is often speaking through things that can go almost unnoticed unless we’re really paying attention.

So He said, “Go forth and stand on the mountain before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing.” – 1 Kings 19:11-12

We often miss God because we’re expecting AN EVENT. More often, God comes “in a gentle whisper” as one translation puts the above verse.

It’s important to understand that when God whispers, His word is just as powerful as when He thunders. It’s not how loud it is, it’s the fact that He is the one speaking the word that matters!

“So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” -Isaiah 55:11

One of the most profoundly prophetic warnings God ever spoke to me was in April 2012 before moving from the Midwest to the Northwest. I was driving up I-90 at the time heading home from the Milwaukee airport when a fleeting and soft impression came to me and left just as quickly. It was a forewarning by God but it didn’t come as thunder to me, it came as a gently whispered word almost unnoticed.

I did notice, however, because of what was said!

When I got home I wrote it down in my journal with the words, “I thought I should write these things now to remind myself “just in case it happens”.

Well, it happened 5 years later! That small little whisper was warning me about one of the most painful things that has ever happened in my life! The impression was so quiet I even referred to it in my journal as “a footnote”.

Some footnote!

So don’t ever think that just because something from God is uneventful that it’s unimportant!

Now to be fair, God had also given me other indications of what was to come during the days leading up to my cross country move which I also recorded in my journal.

I mention this because it’s important to understand that God’s revelation is often progressive. He is also unlimited in the varied ways in which He speaks.

As the date drew near for me to move God’s warnings intensified almost daily. His voice was no longer whispering! Dark storm clouds blew in and I could hear the sound of thunder in the air. It was palatable, I could feel it.

Why did I still move?

At the time I thought it might just be spiritual warfare trying to scare me from moving. (I was wrong about that!)

GOD WAS WARNING ME!

What I felt also seemed illogical and improbable. (I was wrong about that too!)

WHAT GOD WAS SHOWING ME ACTUALLY ENDED UP HAPPENING!

This would be a good place to remember the scripture-

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding”. Proverbs 3:5

God knows what we don’t, and we don’t have to understand it. Our job is to listen to God and trust Him with all of our heart!

Finally, and this is a big one…

I was more worried about pleasing someone else then I was about obeying God at the time.

A BIG MISTAKE!

There will never be a situation in life where putting God in second place brings you to a better place!

After God’s gentle whisper went unheeded, foreboding “impressions” of utter darkness descended on me before I finally made the cross country journey.

I ignored the feelings of impending doom and the “farfetched words” God was speaking to me (which turned out to be completely true) got in my car, and went anyway.

For over a 1,300 miles the storm clouds never left me!

I finally arrived at my destination and a week later took my car in to get my brakes repaired.

The owner just happened to be a Christian with a prophetic gift!

God was now speaking through the guy who was fixing my brakes!

For those of you who believe that modern day prophets only speak encouraging happy words, I have a word for you…

DON’T BELIEVE IT!

This guy came with the full convicting power of the Holy Spirit and warned me that I never should have moved!

Here I was standing in a small little brake shop in Vancouver, Washington and the guy working on my car is a modern-day “Ezekiel” prophesying coming disaster in my life!

You can’t make this stuff up!

I will NEVER be able to claim that God didn’t warn me!

What I want you to catch, though, is that the day I first heard God speak actual words of warning to me, they came as soft and as gently as a dove. Had I not been listening I never would have heard them.

I obviously learned some very important lessons about hearing and obeying the voice of God through this experience.

Perhaps, most important of all, is not to dismiss something just because it doesn’t make sense to me or seems implausible.

When God goes from a whisper to a storm, it’s probably best not to ignore that either!

God can be in the earthquake or the whisper- we need to remember that!

In this case He was in both!