Speak Up!

The only time I’ve ever heard God raise his voice was when I asked him to.

It must’ve been ten years ago, and I can’t exactly remember what I was doing, but I do remember how frustrated I was in the midst of it and earnestly praying for God’s direction. However, when the right path appeared right in front of me, I missed it. I was so frustrated! So without thinking, I haphazardly threw what I could remember of this scripture back at Him.

“Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.” 1 Kings 19:11-12

“I don’t need your whisper! I need your shout, Lord! I clearly don’t know your voice, so you need to turn up the volume!”

Then as our Lord always does, He responded and began to talk to me. That’s how this blog was born. The “Red Letter Moments” are times when I ask God to speak to me…and He does. The key is that I need to listen and be attuned to His voice.

What made me think of this moment during the week was something someone said in my small group. They said,

“If you can’t see God or if you can’t hear God, it’s you that moved. Our God does not drift from us.”

It made me realize that my God really does not raise His voice. He is so even and steady in His tone with me. As a parent, I can list so many voices in which I have spoken to Cora. I’ve been anxious, teaching, listening, excited, frustrated, distracted, and compassionate. But my God in contrast has such an even consistent tone. Always available, eager to talk, willing to give counsel, a voice of conviction, not condemnation. 

How do you hear God? Does He speak to you audibly, through His word, or others? I would love to hear about another way to hear Him come through. Please leave a comment below and let me know! 

In His service and at yours!


Published by Shawn McCarthy

While serving as the Weekend Experience Pastor at Seacoast Church, I felt God prompting me to share the moments when He would speak His truth into my life through scripture in a way that made sense to me, giving me tangible ways to learn, grow and lead. These promptings turned into weekly emails that I would send my small groups and volunteer teams. I found myself enjoying the process of digging deeper into God’s Word, being stretched by the writing process, and encouraging others in the faith. My lovely wife, Anna, challenged me to begin this blog, so these moments that I have come to call, my “Red-Letter Moments,” can find a home. My prayer is that you will find hope, comfort, and inspiration here, and above all, you will come to know that the God of the universe loves you and desires a personal relationship with you.”

2 thoughts on “Speak Up!

  1. Thank you for the awakening. Sometimes I hear Him thro
    ugh the weather,fair and mild,stormy and nasty, and try to discern what He is saying to me(us). We must listen closely to whatever voice in which He chooses to speak to us. Hugs

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  2. I think I hear Him after the fact. When I’ve done something inn His will for me, I hear Him smile and say, “That’s it! Well done. Do it again.”

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