Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Power of a Whisper by Bill Hybels

God has come to people in fire and thunder (Mt. Sinai) and in a gentle and quiet whisper (Elijah).  Hybels had thought of God as way off, as CEO of the universe.  For years Hybels was "oblivious to the fact that he was right by my side all along."  (43)  He learned to hear the whisper of God.
Hybels gives many examples of God's whispers to him and to others.  He reminds the readers that to hear God one needs to be quiet, turning off the cell phone and TV.  He also gives guidelines to make sure what you hear is from God.  He suggests what to do when you make the time and place to listen to God and hear nothing.
God may whisper through Scripture but you have to know it before God can bring it to your mind.  "The most predictable way to hear from heaven is to read and apply God's Word."  (117)
God's whisper may rock your world.  "Whispers can be dangerous things.  They can come with huge price tags."  (36)  Hybels shares his own troublesome times when listening to God and obeying brought tension in his ministry.
Hybels is very honest in his struggles to obey God's whispers.  His stories will be an encouragement to anyone wanting to hear from God.  The verses he lists at the end of the book are a good source for beginning to hear the whisper of God.
"Obeying the Spirit instead of your own self-centered whims will lead you to places you've never been, challenge you in ways you have never been challenged and invite levels of sacrifice you never dreamed you could make."  (253)  "Amazing what can happen when one believer listens to God."  (72)

Zondervan, 269 pages.

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