"God wants us to hear what He’s saying and we must heed His voice. So He whispers softer and softer so that we have to get closer and closer. And when we finally get close enough, He envelops us in His arms & tells us that He loves us."
Mark Batterson concludes his new book, Whisper, with what might be considered the thesis statement for this writing: because God loves us, He wants to communicate with us and He does that through whispers.
Throughout Whisper Batterson underscores the thought that God desires to communicate with His people and highlights seven languages that God uses: Scripture, Desires, Doors, Dreams, People, Promptings and Pain.
I appreciated that he continually pointed back to scripture as the means to interpret the other voices God uses. Some might raise concerns when you speak of dreams or desires or looking for open or closed doors. While God certainly can (and has) used other voices to speak to His people, He has given us His Word to be our guide. As Batterson said in one chapter, ". . .we don't interpret Scripture via signs; we interpret signs via Scripture." In another he reminded readers, "God-given dreams won't contradict scripture."
Through his own experience in ministry and through the stories of others, Batterson shows how God uses the other voices to whisper to His people. One particular voice that I wrote about in a previous post is how God uses doors to speak to us. This phrase stuck with me: "We put a period where God puts a comma." His comment that we interpret a closed-door from God to be a “no” when perhaps what God is saying is “not yet” was a good reminder. He also said that sometimes we have to walk through several doors to get to where God really wants us to be.
Whisper points readers to listen to the voice of God. The foundation of the book is that because God loves us, He wants to speak to us. We need to be listening. Batterson's book is a good tool to help us do just that.