If your voice tends to dominate or over power conversations, your ears will have a hard time hearing the whispers of others. Breaths, murmurs and subtle tones will be drown out, oblivious to talkative souls. Meanwhile, the down trodden, hurting and hopeless can become skeptical to any sort of good news. Jaded hearts turn to sarcasm, laughing at any glimpses of hope. Regardless of where you may be on this spectrum, a growing number of individuals ignore daily whispers of hope.
And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you, Psalm 39:7.
Like any distressed soul, its not uncommon to want to find someone who will listen to your frustrations. Whether this is a co-worker, friend or neighbor, venting has a way of releasing any built up tension within you. After sessions of complaining, ranting and unloading the stress weighing you down, periods of relief can be temporarily found. In the Old Testament, David discovered a way to embrace whispers of hope. Although living as a shepherd can be lonely, with few interaction with people, God is only a prayer away. Thus, pouring our his heart to the Lord became a daily practice, waiting for his life to change for the better.
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope, Romans 15:4.
The apostle Paul takes David’s concept to a new level in the passage above. While praying enables individuals to cry out to God, reading the God allows the Holy Spirit to speak to your heart through whispers of hope. Whenever Paul was depressed, discouraged or frustrated, reading the Old Testament provided encouragement and the inspiration to endure. Since modern readers have the luxury of a completed Bible, the Old and New Testaments, studying the Bible is the best way to hear whispers of hope. May this blog inspire you to live out Romans 10:17 as faith comes from listening and reading God’s Word.
by Jay Mankus