by: Hannah Arrowood
1 Kings 19:11 - The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.”
In a state of constant noise, that is the condition of most teenagers that I know. The thought of actually being still, being quiet, is an unknown mystery to most.
Do you think God is going to scream over all the other noise in your life? Do you think that God is going to pull the plug so that he can be heard? The answer my sweet friend is no. You must choose to listen. Tune out the world, and turn up God.
I love when we are able to look at people in the Bible and learn from them. Tucked away in the Old Testament, a man by the name of Elijah comes onto the scene. Elijah was a great man of the faith. His laser focus and dedication to God is something that we can all learn from. He especially had the desire to hear God.
In 1 Kings 19:11-13, Elijah is seeking the Lord; he desires to hear God’s voice. Read and see what happened:
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?”
God came to Elijah in a gentle whisper, not the powerful winds, the earthquake, or the fire, but a whisper. What if God is whispering to you, could you hear Him or are you too distracted by the things of life?
We often look to hear God through powerful or miraculous ways, such as church conferences, rallies, or evangelist. While he often chooses to speak in these situations, more often, God can be found in the gentle silence of your time alone with Him.
One of the greatest insights found in this passage is the fact that Elijah knew God’s voice. Elijah knew that the sound of the gentle whisper was God himself. How? He had an established relationship with God.
As we focus on developing an intimate relationship with the God of the universe, we will learn to hear him, to know his voice. God often speaks in a gentle whisper, instead of raging echoes that break the sound barrier. Have you tuned out the noises from the world, in order to turn God up?
Step back and evaluate your life. Until you make time to know God, you cannot expect to know His voice. This comes over time. It is not different than developing a friendship at school. The more time you spend with someone, the more you know them – the same is true with God.
Develop a Personal Quiet Time – When you are “quiet” and removed from distractions, you can hear! Carve out time in your day where you commit to spend it with the Lord. Pray to him; praise him for the blessings in your life. Confess your sins, and cleans your heart. Read his word, soak up the truths found buried in the Bible. Be still! Listen! He will speak.
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