Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
Today I write on God’s “still small voice”. The Lord answers Elijah in an unexpected way. God is present in near silence. Divine silence does not mean divine inactivity. I think you would agree with Elijah as well as me that an Almighty and All-powerful God would speak in the same way; resounding in authority and power. Sometimes God resounds in a way we fully understand. He grabs a hold of us and communicates. While other times, in the gentleness of God, He simply whispers to us.
Either way, God will communicate to us. So how many times do we miss the “still small voice”? How many times do we come short of hearing the voice of God? Are we too busy, too preoccupied, or just don’t pay attention? I think it’s a little bit of all of that. When God wants our attention, He will get it one way or the other. The words of God’s mouth are always effective. “Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that woe and well-being proceed?” (Lamentations 3:38 NKJV)
Communication is the effective conveyance of a message. When we desire to hear God’s voice; sometimes it is necessary for us to quiet ourselves before Him and give Him time to speak. It’s a two way process. Seek Him in prayer and then listen for God’s reply. “Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice! Have mercy also upon me, and answer me.” (Psalm 27:7 NKJV) God’s desire is that all people should seek after him and find him.
Being quiet before God is something that isn’t as easy as it sounds. We need to be deliberate about it. We need to settle our minds and our hearts and put ourselves in an attitude of worship and prayer. We have to take whatever is happening around us and set it aside and place God in the #1 position of attention. We need to press in to the presence of God. God is near. The more we seek the presence of God the easier it will be to hear His “still small voice”. The voice of God is conveyed through His Son, Jesus where His voice is recognizable. “I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.” (John 10:14-16 NKJV)
Friend, how much do you want to hear God’s “still small voice”? How much do you want to hear from Jesus? An intimate relationship with Jesus begins with two way conversation called prayer. An intimate relationship with Jesus is nurtured through the study of God’s Word. When we combine the study of God’s Word with prayer and worship, what we get is an attitude in our hearts and minds that allows us to hear God’s “still small voice”. The hustle and bustle of the world is set aside and all that is left is the quietness of the presence of God. Take some time to nurture your relationship with God and get into the quietness of His presence. God will begin to speak. Just listen. God is near and desires to speak with you.
Dear God thank You that You desire to speak with us. Speak to us, God, and direct our ways. Speak to us, God, and teach us Your ways. Teach us, O God, to settle our hearts and minds so that we can fully hear You. Our desire is an intimate relationship with You. Deliver us from our busy lives into Your presence where we may experience all of Your power. In Jesus Name. AMEN
Don’t believe me, believe God!