“After the fire there was a voice, a soft whisper” 1 Kings 19:12
Sometimes we look for God in the wrong places.
We assume there has to be a hundred-voice choir singing before we can hear from God. We look for God in thunder and lightning, trumpets and billowing smoke. But that’s not always God’s way. Yes, he can speak through fire or earthquakes or any way he chooses. But when we hear him whisper, he knows we’re really listening. The hardest thing to do sometimes is to be quiet and listen. We don’t like silence. We mistakenly assume that God isn’t pleased with us unless we’re active, so we’re always looking for things we can do for God. We confuse stillness (spending quiet time with God) with idleness (doing nothing). We’d rather be doing something, anything, than sitting still; so we immerse ourselves in noise and activity.
Then we wonder why we don’t hear from God. But God shouldn’t have to shout in order to be heard.
He is God!
He shouldn’t have to compete with the other noises in our lives.
If we want to hear from God – we need to stop making so much noise. We need to get comfortable being quiet before the Lord – doing nothing but reading his Word, – getting familiar with his Spirit, – enjoying just being with him. We must stop our activity long enough to listen for his whisper. If we’re quiet, we’ll hear it.
What things make the most noise in your life?