Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper – June 24, 2022

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23 Then Elijah brought him down from the upper room and gave him to his mother. “Look!” he said. “Your son is alive!” 24 Then the woman told Elijah, “Now I know for sure that you are a man of God, and that the Lord truly speaks through you.”

1 Kings 17:23-24 (NLT)





Erwin McManus, a pastor in Los Angeles, tells a great story about recognizing God’s voice. My son, Aaron, was five or six when he began asking me, “What does God’s voice sound like?” I didn’t know how to answer. A few years later, Aaron went off to his first junior high camp. In the middle of the week, I went up with another pastor at Mosaic to see our kids. Aaron, I learned, had started to assault another kid but had been held back by his friends. He was unrepentant, wanted to leave camp, pulled together his stuff, and shoved it into the car. I asked him for a last talk with me before we drove away. We sat on two large rocks in the middle of the woods. “Aaron,” I asked, “is there any voice inside you telling you what you should do?” “Yes,” he nodded. “What’s the voice telling you?” “That I should stay and work it out.” “Can you identify that voice?” “Yes,” he said immediately. “It’s God.” It was the moment I’d waited for.


“Aaron,” I said, “do you realize what just happened? You heard God’s voice. He spoke to you from within your soul. Forget everything else that’s happened. God spoke to you, and you were able to recognize Him.” I will never forget Aaron’s response: “Well, I’m still not doing what God said.” I explained to him that that was his choice, but this is what would happen. If he rejected the voice of God coming from deep within and chose to disobey His guidance, his heart would become hardened, and his ears would become dull.But if he treasures God’s voice, however it comes to him—through the scriptures, through his conscience—and responds to Him with obedience, then his heart would be softened, and his ears would always be able to hear the whisper of God into his soul. Aaron chose to stay, I’m grateful to say.


The widow in 1 Kings 17 recognized that God had been speaking to her through Elijah. We don’t hear anymore of her story but we are safe in assuming she was never the same. She learned to recognize that God was still working in tragedy.




Through the Holy Spirit, God speaks to us through the Bible, prayer, other people, and circumstances. It’s been said that we should never forget in the dark what God teaches us in the light. How does God most often spoken to you in tragedy?




Praise God for the times He has clearly spoken to you through the Holy Spirit. Ask God to help you remember and cling to the truths He has revealed to you when you get blindsided.

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