I’m always challenged (if not always happy) when someone invites me to speak, then, after I’ve accepted, gives me the subject of my presentation. A friend recently invited me to preach in his absence at the church where he is Pastor and assigned me a theme, for which I was both happily challenged and appreciative. The theme for the month was, “Power of a Whisper.” We decided I would preach on the subject, “When God Whispers.” Robert Browning raised the fact of God whispering when he wrote (Abt Vogler): “God has a few of us whom He whispers in the ear. . .” But do you know of any occasion in the Bible where God ever whispered to anyone? Granted, it’s an assumption, but I’ve recently been to two funerals and was reminded how, in the presence of death, people talk low, like in a whisper, unlike at normal worship services, where Americans, at least, enter and depart rather loudly. The Old Testament book of Joshua begins with the words, “After the death of Moses, the servant of the Lord, it came to pass that the Lord spoke to Joshua . . .” (Joshua 1:1). Could these words from the Lord have been spoken to Joshua in a whisper? There’s no way of knowing for sure, but its close enough for a sermon text. Has God ever whispered to you? The sermon comes up later this month so I could still use a couple of good illustrations. My experience is that the best sermon illustrations come from those who listen to sermons, rather than from those who deliver them. Help anyone?
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