Whispers- God’s Voice

First, Seek Him...

God speaks – – – are you listening? Say, “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening,” then be still for a few moments. Intentionally listen for what He has to say to you, starting with His Word. Anticipate hearing His voice as you Seek Him today.

...Then Speak Him!

Your “Jesus Story” of hearing God speak is one of the most valuable stories you can share with those entrusted to you. Let these stories be on the tip of your tongue to tell, because your example of hearing God’s voice will help others learn to hear God’s voice, too!

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Word

What Does The Bible Say?

This week’s verse: John 10:27 – “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” ESV)

The verse for Preschoolers:  John 10:27 – “My sheep hear my voice.”

Whispers

What Truth is God Speaking to Us through This Passage?

If you belong to Me, then when I whisper to your heart, you will listen to My voice and follow where I lead.” – God

Wisdom

How can we Pray and Seek God about this Truth?

“Lord God, how do I hear Your voice? How do I know when You are talking to Me? Teach me how to listen to You. Amen!””

Welcomes

What Can We Learn About This Truth?

God speaks to His people! He calls out to us, inviting us into relationship with Him. He speaks through His written Word the Bible and in so many more ways. We want to learn to listen and respond to His voice.

Weavings

What Else Does the Bible Say About This Truth?

From the beginning of time, God has spoken, and the Bible is the story of how He speaks. He spoke the world into being and humanity into life. He spoke to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and ever since He has called out to people to be in relationship with Him.

People communicate in many ways, and God speaks in many ways, too. The Bible says, “God speaks time and again…” (Job 33:14a). He has spoken through the fire (Deuteronomy 4:33; 5:24-26), thunder (Job 37:5; 40:9; Psalm 29:3), quiet whispers (1 Kings 19:12) and the whirlwind (Job 38:1; 40:6). He speaks through visions (Acts 10:9-16) and dreams (Acts 2:17); He speaks through His Word. Moses wrote, “Love the Lord your God, listen to his voice…”(Deuteronomy 30:20). We want to be people who listen for all God’s “whispers” in our lives, whether His voice is loud or soft. 

In the Bible, a little boy named Samuel awoke in the night thinking he heard a voice. He got up and went to Eli the priest, saying “Here I am. You called me?” Twice this happened. Finally, on the third time, “Eli understood that the Lord was calling the boy” (1 Samuel 3:8). So he told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’ So Samuel went and lay down in his place” (1 Samuel 3:9). Samuel did as he was told and waited, then “The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ Then Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening’” (1 Samuel 3:10). And so God spoke, and Samuel listened, not just that night, but for the rest of his life.  

Samuel’s story of learning to hear God speak is special, but it is not unique. The whole Bible is full of people who learned to hear God’s voice. Noah, Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Daniel… and more! Every book of the Bible was penned by somebody who listened for God’s “whispers” then recorded what He had to say.

God speaks to us, too! Jesus said, My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27). Whether His voice is a whisper or a shout, we want to have ears ready to hear and feet ready to follow Him!

Walking

How Can We Live Out This Truth?

While Scripture teaches that God speaks in so many ways, the word “Whispers” reminds us to pay special attention and carefully listen for however He chooses to speak to us.  

Listening to God’s voice starts with listening to Him through His Word, having the attitude of Samuel: “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.” God’s whispers will never, ever contradict His Word; we can know His voice – as opposed to other voices – because His voice always goes along with what He has revealed in Scripture. 

Let’s practice listening right now by reading a Bible verse and being quiet for a moment to listen to what God may say through it. (Read a passage of Scripture such as Proverbs 3:5-6, Exodus 34:6-7, Hebrews 3:7-8 or another favorite. Pause with your kids a few moments to listen quietly, then talk about what you hear God speaking through His Word. Follow this conversation thread as long as it goes!)

For Preschoolers: Let’s play a whisper game to practice paying attention. I’m going to whisper something in your ear, and you tell me what you hear… Let’s talk about how God might speak to us.

Wonders

What Questions Do We Have About This?

What are some ways that people communicate? (through words, body language, hand motions and eye contact, etc.)
What are some ways the Bible says that God has spoken?
How did God speak to Samuel?
How did Eli tell Samuel to respond?
How can your heart be prepared to hear God speak?
What sort of things do you think God might say to you?
Have you heard God speak to you recently?
How has He spoken to you through His Word?

Worship

How Shall We Respond To The Lord In This Truth?

Worship Through Praise: “Speak” by Bethany Music

Worship Through Praise: “God Speaking” by Mandisa

Worship through Prayer: Lord God, speak to us! Speak through Your whispers; speak through Your shouts! Speak through Your fire, through the wind, through the skies. Speak through visions or dreams; speak through Your Word! We are listening, Lord! We want to hear Your voice! In Jesus’ Name, amen!

A Family Blessing

A Blessing from this Lesson to Speak over Those God has Entrusted to You!

“My heart’s prayer is that you will learn to hear God’s voice and respond to Him no matter when or how He speaks to you. May you always pay close attention to all He has to say to you. In Jesus’ Name!”

 

“My heart’s prayer is that you will learn to hear God’s voice and respond to Him no matter when or how He speaks to you. May you always pay close attention to all He has to say to you. In Jesus’ Name!”

 

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