The Holy Spirit’s ‘Still Small Voice’

God-the-Father-Bologna-350-webby Rex Rouis

I was reminded of a story from a minister friend, told to me many years ago. It is appropriate for today and every day:

I was in my car pulling out of a tight alleyway in a downtown area. Cars were parked on either side of the ally exit and I could not see the oncoming traffic very well. Once I thought I was clear I started to pull out. But, deep inside, I heard a soft inner voice telling me to, “Stop, don’t pull out.” It was faint and easy to miss. I did notice and I stopped.

Immediately, a delivery truck rushed by directly in front of the alley, exactly where I would have been. If I had pulled out, I would have been hit and instantly killed. It shook me. I could have just died.

I thought about that soft voice that saved my life. I thought about how soft it was and how easily I could have missed it. It started to make me angry – “That is not loud enough! Why couldn’t God speak louder than that?” I even said so to God.

Then, I felt God’s awesome presence fill my car and the Holy Spirit spoke very forcefully to me. He said, “Yes, it is a soft voice, and yes it is possible to miss it if you don’t pay attention, but THAT IS ALL YOU ARE EVER GOING TO GET.” Wow, now I was really shaken. I cried out in heartfelt repentance, “Lord, I am so sorry. I thank you for your still small voice, I appreciate it and I am thankful for it just the way it is.”

And yes folks, that is all we are ever going to get. God said as much to Elijah.

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. And after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. And behold, a voice came to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 1 Kings 19:11-13 – Note – And after the fire – a soft, murmuring sound, or, a still small voice (qol dmamah daqah, v. 12).

God usually does not speak in a loud voice; people with real authority do not have to. His is the type of voice that one must get close to to hear. “Incline your ear,” He says.

Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. Isaiah 55:3

Most everything in God comes down to hearing His voice. That is why the doctrine that says that God does not speak today is so insidious and dangerous. It attacks the very heart of our walk with God. If God does not speak then faith, specific obedience, and His direct involvement in our lives all falls apart. Faith, the Bible says, comes from hearing, and hearing comes from someone speaking, and that Someone is God.

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the (spoken) word of Christ. Rom. 10:17

The word for ‘word’ in the above verse indicates a spoken personal type of communication; a person-to-person communication. A communication from the heart of God to the heart of man. A word that can only be heard with the heart – a hearing heart.

“Yes, it is a soft voice, and yes it is possible to miss it if you don’t pay attention, but THAT IS ALL YOU ARE EVER GOING TO GET.”
It is not a hearing of the mind, nor it is of the intellect. This kind of hearing does not come from reading. It does not come from someone else speaking – even if they are speaking from the written word of God. It comes directly from Christ Himself. Jesus told us that He would speak to us through the Holy Spirit, and that is exactly what it is. This word and this hearing are the basis of faith.

Hearing from God is more of an art than a science. Hearing from Him must be valued and practiced. It is a lifelong lifestyle and walk. God is a living Person and not an inanimate force. He can be wooed and He can be grieved. He can be received and He can be shunned. He can be valued and he can be rejected. He looks at it all. You need to listen to Him before you pull-out in life.

Comments

  1. There was once I woke up in the middle of the night. I don’t know whether was it from God or not. The word just came into me like this “Your job is to blah blah blah” which I don’t want to go into details. Usually, we would not think of anything during the waking up state which is between sleeping and the waking up state. And these words just came in during that moment. My question is, was it from God? Thanks

    1. The state you’re referring to is called “hypnagogia” …that’s where you receive messages from the Holy Spirit. Usually you don’t hear it or see it it’s just there. But you will sometimes hear it as a small, still voice when more important things are being spoken to you because God wants your attention, so He will let you hear Him. So I would be inclined to say yes it was from God but you need to read 1 John 4 and use discernment because malevolent spirits can speak to you the same way.

    2. I have had occasions when I heard the still small voice. Once when I was worried about a mammogram and the Voice said, “Have I ever Forsaken you? “ Another time I was at the ICU heading down the hall to see my mother and the voice said “do not go back there “. I grabbed my grown daughters arm and told her not to go back there she asked me why and I said I don’t know. My husband came and told me that she had passed away. Once I was in my office typing and the Voice said “There will be an incident on the ship, you will remain unharmed. “ Our tour involved being on the North Sea, it was extremely rough. Some people were injured and there was a lot of damage inside the ship. I remembered the voice and I was very calm.

  2. I was blessed by your message. God- Holy Spirit, reminds me again to be sincere on pay attention to listen His “still small voice”.

    This message is “rema ” to me. And I thank GOD for using your life as mouthpiece of JESUS CHRIST, for his people.

    God Bless your kind heart. Shalom from Philippines !!

    Regards,
    Rusana

  3. The ability to listen to and hear the Voice of the Holy Spirit – will always mark the defining difference between the weak kneed man led ‘churchianity’ and the power house Holy Spirit led – Book of Acts Churches. Sadly, no one can yet point out one of these latter churches.
    The problem stems from the fact that this Scriptural skill is not taught, nor even encouraged in the main stream churches where men jealously hold on to their well paid prestigious powerful positions over God’s people.

    The model of the Book of Acts church – and the Scriptural explanation on How to Locate, Access, Recognise and Discern the Voice of the Holy Spirit can be freely accessed and downloaded at http://www.theapostleshandbook.com

    God bless you my brothers and sisters in Christ,

    David Marsh

    1. I was blessed by your message. God- Holy Spirit, reminds me again to be sincere on pay attention to listen His “still small voice”.

      This message is “rema ” to me. And I thank GOD for using your life as mouthpiece of JESUS CHRIST, for his people.

      God Bless your kind heart. Shalom from Philippines !!

      Regards,
      Rusana

  4. This is amazing, I thank God that i found this platform, I know its devine appointment and a blessing, I have grown so much from the material I study on this platform. I just want to find out about dreams, does God also speak in dreams?

    1. I, too, thank GOD for finding this platform today as I oftentimes struggle w/knowing that I’ve heard from GOD. There are times when I know for sure and there are times that the enemy of our soul tries to impersonate Him.

      This is the first time that I’ve made a comment on any sight [that I can remember].

      But, today, thru the Holy Spirit, you, Bro. Rex, and particularly thru the passage in I kings 19:11-13 has tremendously helped. It is NOTHING like early morning fellowship w/GOD guiding and directing HIS Children. Thank GOD for each of you even the brother who lacks understanding of the Faithfulness and Compassion of our HEAVENLY FATHER GOD, SAVIOR AND LORD!

    2. Dear Palesa

      Yes i confirm, God does speak in dreams too, like the Small Still Voice you hear, God speaks to his children through dream. He wants to show us great things that we have not known and direct us, he also answers our questions in our dreams.

      When i was pregnant in Yr 2007, I asked God how will be my son when he is grown up. And my God answered me, in my dream He gave me Isaiah 59:21

      “My Spirit, who is on you, will not depart from you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will always be on your lips, on the lips of your children and on the lips of their descendants—from this time on and forever,” says the Lord.

      Today my son Herwin is 10Yrs Old and God speaks to him through dreams and how him great things.

      I thank God that He is always with us, we just have to incline our ears and our heart totally to him.

      Stay Bless
      Neelam

  5. I needed some alone time with God. When I find myself with this desire, I know where to go to find some “food” for thought. This morning, it was here! As I started to look over the topics, I was seeking to find something that aroused my attention. I did.
    Sometimes our path gets a little weary, putting one foot in front of another with no real joy, just the daily grind and I start to think, “is this really the way you spoke to me about going Lord”? I’m there right now but my thoughts go back to why I/we made this decision and go in this direction at this stage in my/our lives. I can’t stop now, we are committed in the actions we have taken and the decisions we have made to this point. Yes, it is a little overwhelming just now, that’s why I’m up and “listening and hearing”. Thank you Father I have a place where I can go and read and see how others in these same situations have handled themselves and sought guidance and found comfort in instruction and have penned their experiences for others to see. Thank you Jesus that you found me and want to “grow” me into God’s own image. Thank you Holy Spirit for living in me and showing me/guiding me/speaking to me for my immediate steps. Thanks Rex for your “hearing” from our Heavenly Father and following Him.
    Andy

      1. Amen….Yes this is humbling and so beautifully said, thank you Andy. for
        sharing.

  6. That is all we are ever going to get? Just the bare minimums right ? It’s almost like the person who is just waiting for you to fall so they can kick you while you’re down. “Well you were warned to listen.” Like barely speaking up to someone who needs help or love or communication. You just barely tell them, knowing in full awareness you could speak like a normal person and just talk to them. But instead no you have to play games and barely talk so to keep them guessing, or if they don’t listen and do have genuine doubts you show no mercy. What a joke. Don’t be sorry. Your life could have ended! God or not he will hear it from me. Show some care and compassion. We aren’t your stupid game pieces.

    1. Author

      Sorry Jonathan, you don’t get it and your little diatribe doesn’t work. God gives us enough and the hungry ones will get it. You don’t. Hopefully you will someday. Rex

      1. I know this is over three years old but just in case someone comes here searching for love;
        Rex’s Response to Jonathan, gave me pause and hurt my heart. “Jonathan I am so sorry that you were shown no honor or love when you really needed it the most.”
        Jonathan is obviously hurting and it is causing him great anger and doubt. I have actually walked in those same shoes so I completely understand why he made the comments that he made above. It doesn’t make him unworthy of respect or love from us or the Heavenly Father. But what completely shocked me is that Rex aka FaithMechanic showed no love, understanding, mercy, or compassion for where Jonathan is. That answer of “you don’t get it” was devoid of love and extremely harsh. Everyone is at a different place in their walk. Even a non believer may have been drawn here by his inner man but instead of finding love he finds a rude condemning brush off. “I” and others here, know that the truly hungry find answers but a new believer, non believer, and even a long time believer that suddenly finds themselves in the worst trial of their life may not realize that fact. Sometimes a person needs help, patience, kindness, and guidance to get them through the pain. Yes some are simply here to troll but do you think love is a better way to plant a seed in that person’s life? Perhaps instead of spouting “you don’t get it” you could have honored him with a loving answer that would in fact state the exact same thing but from a stance of love instead of judgement. I’m glad God gives you enough Rex, but I will ask that God also give you more love in your heart and grace towards others no matter who they are or where they are in their search. I’m sorry Rex, I’m trying to honor you and not condemn you but, your answer is why so many non believers want nothing to do with God. I watched a wonderful professor demonstrate a debate between he and his students. The students acted as Christian believers and the professor acted as a non Christian. Basically the students would tell him why they believe Christianity is the only way, and try to bring him to Christ. By the end of the debate with a few upset, pushy, judgmental, short students trying to convince him to believe in Christ he asked them one simple question,,,,,,, “How did you treat me?” not who won but “how did you TREAT me?”
        I’m just going to put a small clip here: “…and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.”
        May everyone who reads this know that we are ALL loved.

        1. Teresa it’s okay. I don’t even remember this probably because it wasn’t building or helpful. I will say life is barely worth it. I’m doing my best to trust and have faith even in a world full of evil that’s only going to get worse, and to a God who still remains silent and doesn’t help in ways I should think he should help me. I’m asking for forgiveness and just doing the Best I can.

          1. Jonathan
            The material that Rex has compiled and placed on this site for our reading and reference is wonderful to me but does it answer every question I have? No! I’m sure it has taken many, many, hours of personal study and alone time to pen these articles for our help in understanding this God who loves us and desires to have relationship with us. He (God) made us in such a way that we have “free” choice to make decisions about our life. It doesn’t mean we make the right choices, it just means he doesn’t stop us from making our own choices. We choose. Is there a direction He prefers us to go in (?), yep, I believe there is. He has put in us (in every man) an intuitive knowledge to know that there is a God. If you (or I) search for these answers, we will find them, you will find them, I will find them.
            You don’t know me, I don’t know you, but I believe you have a heart to know this God who is written about on this site. I’m not sure where else you have looked for answers for questions you have, questions you would like to have answers for – for direction, for wisdom and knowledge, to be able to make good decisions and have a good future. I can tell you (this is for me as much as it is you) that if you will draw close to Him, He will draw close to you. If you want to “hear” Him, pick up your bible. When you read it, you will hear Him. Those words you are reading – He spoke those words and someone wrote them down – for you, for me. When you start to understand His words of instruction (and you will, little by little) then, you have heard Him. Respond to these words in faith (your responsible actions). You may not like the finished product in your attempt. Speak to Him about it, see what He says. Maybe He already did give you an answer. Trust His word. He honors His Word above His name.

  7. This is great. Oh! How I long to hear from my saviour all my days. Please is there category of people that should hear from God? Secondly, individually, are there many ways God speaks to us or does He speak in a specific way to us? Thanks and God bless.

    1. Author

      Thank you. In their hearts, all Christians long to hear from Him. All categories of people can hear from God, but all Christians should hear from Him. God can speak to use through situations and other people but mostly He speaks to us in our hearts. In my 40 years or so of following Him, I have heard His actual voice one time, His voice in my heart so that I could write down what He actually said a dozen or so times, a simple ‘knowing’ in my heart many many times, and a positive peace or a negative grieving in my heart very often. Keep going when you have peace and stop when you do not. Then find out why.

      He does not lead directly and consciously by the Spirit’s leading every single moment of every day because then you would not learn and obey the word of God (Bible). He wants us to make moral decisions based on our knowledge of His written will. He watches us. Life, I believe, is a test. We will all one day stand before Him and He will go over everything we did in this life. God bless you. Rex

  8. You know, it makes sense that in the middle of a crisis where everyone’s voice is screaming to be heard, that the one voice that’s the calmest and most peaceful, is the one that should be listened to. Remember, He won’t tell us something that always leads to an immediate, peaceful resolution. Yet, it will always lead to His perfect will being done. It shouldn’t have to make sense to us, in order for us to know that it’s His voice and obey.

    1. Author

      Patrick – Thanks, I mostly agree. I believe His perfect will is a peaceful resolution. It might not be immediate but it is the goal. Faith is the victory over the evil of this world and age, and the Bible says that ‘faith comes by hearing.’ So, hearing from the God of Heaven, the God of the future, is the road (faith walk) to victory and peace.

      For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world– our faith. I John 5:4

      For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11

      All the paths of the LORD are lovingkindness and truth To those who keep His covenant and His testimonies. Psalm 25:10

      He has the victory laid out for us, we just have to seek Him, and His word, to find the route and then follow it. God bless you. Rex

  9. Thank you for this. It’s the first time I’ve ever hear someone talk of God’s “Still small voice.” It’s also a confirmation to me as I was just praying and getting a message, I need more prayer time. Consistent and purposefully planned and keep! Keeping an appointment with God, daily. I believe it’s just the start in a more meaningful and deeper relationship with God and the need of my heart for a deep healing from a life of torment do to an extremely severe and debilitating childhood. I am blessed to be here, to be alive and in the care of my Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ!

    1. Author

      Joan – Thanks, great comment. Hearing from God is more of an art than it is a science. After all, He is a Person and not a thing. We are learning to relate and communicate with the great divine Person of the Universe. And when you hear Him you can count on it, that is faith.

      Keep your appointments. A quiet time with God can be the loudest part of the day. We love you. Rex

  10. How easy it is to miss that voice and discard a warning. Let me be able to hear your voice Lord.

  11. God is almighty. Yesterday a word comes out of my mouth that I knew I did not say it for myself. But I took it for granted and it flew over my head. In the morning when I was ready to go out, I said to myself that I am going to meet someone today. I did not know how and why I said it, but I did meet someone new that day; but because I did not meditate on the word or think about it; we were unable to talk that day. This was someone God sent to me. Now I started thanking God to make it possible for us to meet again and be able to understand each other. I sometimes knew that God has spoken to me.
    I have a question. How and where do we learn to speak in tongues? I was listening to this pastors CD, and it said that in order to be more protected, and be closer to God ,you have to be able to speak in tongues. Thank you for the word.

  12. In my junior year of high school, I left home around 5AM for football practice. The streets were empty when I came to a stop at a major intersection. I waited for the light to turn green. I looked both left, right, to the rear and front and there was no one, no vehicle but when the light turned green, something told me not to go.

    A truck came out of nowhere from my left speeding around 65MPH and would have demolished me by hitting the driver’s side of my car and killing me.

    I pulled over to the side of the road, and just wept, thanking Christ for saving me for His purpose which I would not find out what that was for another 50 years.

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