At the conclusion of Chapter 11, Bill Hybels offers one final point concerning God’s promptings or whispers: despite any fear and/or doubt that may arise, be sure to obey- regardless of the cost. Pastor Hybels states that he has staked his entire adult life on following God’s still, small voice. He walked away from a three-generation family business that would have left him financially set for life. He left his hometown and friends to move to the Chicago area. Eventually that move led to the founding of Willow Creek Church.
Sometimes God’s whispers involve carrying heavy loads, as happened with the apostle Paul. Pastor Hybels offers these words of encouragement:
“But even under these backbreaking burdens, God’s purposes are fulfilled. When our whispered task is tough, the reward of knowing we’ve helped further the his kingdom and bettered our broken world is all the sweeter. . . . try giving God thanks for trusting you with something that needs your particular strength. He assigns tasks to the right person every time.”
In the words of the old hymn:
“When we walk with the Lord
In the light of His Word
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will,
He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.”