Day 111: The Sound in silence (1 Kings 19-22)

Posted: July 20, 2010 in Uncategorized

And the word of the LORD came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He replied, “I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He replied, “I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” The LORD said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet. Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu. Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel — all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and all whose mouths have not kissed him.” 1 Kings 19:9-18

Just listen.

This world is full of so much noise. Just the other day, I was thinking about just how busy I can be sometimes. Some days, it feels like I am constantly moving, doing, thinking and processing. My mind is bombarded with work, senseless media, music and garbage. My mind fills with the worries of my survival, money, health, well-being. With everything like this taking up my time, where does God fit into the puzzle. How do I filter through all the noise?

Just listen.

More importantly, be quiet. In the above passage, it’s so interesting to see how God reveals Himself to Elijah on the mountain. Wind, earthquakes, fire – all very powerful things that God could have chosen to reveal HImself in His full glory. But these things all pass, and a gentle whisper comes over Elijah, and he recognizes His voice.

Are you listening for the voice of God? He isn’t always going to reveal Himself in a huge rally, through a powerful speaker or through churches, conferences or concerts. Sometimes, all we have to do is take a breath, silence our hearts, and simply listen. Just listen.

We all have a lot going on. A lot of it, however important it may be to us, is just static. We are like old radios sometimes, walking around stuck in between stations, white noise buzzing around in our heads. It’s only when we take the time to stop, focus, be quiet and listen, then we can start to turn the dial and tune in on our God.

So how do we do it? Sometimes, it’s overwhelming how much we have on our plates! I guess it all comes down to a choice. We have to choose to set aside the time to commune with God, study His word, pray and fellowship with other believers. For me, maybe I should take some time during prayer to just be still, silent and listen for God’s voice.

Elijah knew how to find God – not in the earthquake, the wind or the sweeping fire. He found Him in the gentle whisper. My life is filled with so much noise sometimes, I could very well be missing God’s whisper in the midst of all the chaos. Take the time out today to listen for God. He may not be the booming voice in the thunderstorm of your heart like you think. He may just be waiting for you to slow down, humble yourself and seek His Sound in the silence.

Just listen.

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