Strain to the Whispers

Posted on April 17, 2023 by Elizabeth Welte in Victory Call

The noise around us can be distracting and unsettling.  Television, radio, social media, politics, world events, finances and much more vie for our attention.  It seems as if we are in a constant state of noise – auditory, visual, and mental.

What catches your attention?
What do you tend to focus on?
Whose voice is loudest?
Have you ever noticed when you are in a noisy room and the person speaking to you talks so softly that you tend to lean in and strain to hear them?

That is often the way it is with the Lord.  We have to strain to the whispers.

“And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke 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.” 1 Kings 19:11-12

I recently heard a woman share that in the midst of the clamor of accusations from the enemy and self-doubt which screamed at her constantly – she realized in the midst of the noise there was One whispering to her soul. She had to strain to hear His voice speaking words of truth, comfort and love.

We must be aware and careful that we don’t focus on the noise but strain for the whispers.


Written by Diane Hunt: Diane Hunt serves on the board of America’s Keswick and is the Executive Director & CEO of Changed Choices, a Christian non-profit in North Carolina. She is also a biblical counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at

Think About This: “A willing heart is the first step in finding God’s will in our lives. We cannot expect God to force us or to please with us about the calling in our lives.” – Dr. David Jeremiah

The Daily Bible Reading:1 Samuel 20, Psalm 11, 59, 1 Samuel 21. You can download our 2023 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here. 

This Week’s Verse to Memorize: “Therefore, let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.” 1 Peter 4:19

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