And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks 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 the sound of a low whisper. And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
We live in a very loud world. We are constantly bombarded by our phones, television, music, movies. Noise and entertainment available to us 24/7. Ah, technology! And our children are growing up in a world where “quality time” is defined by sitting on a couch next to somebody while you both look at your phones. We have to teach boundaries to our children in this area, and we have to be very cautious with putting the internet and social media in the hands of our young, impressionable children. But…that is for another blog!
Today, my point is that God often speaks in the whisper. Don’t be afraid to be alone with the Lord. There is something revealing about the silence, especially when we are sitting in communion with God. We so often look for the wisdom of God in the opinion of others, asking others what we should do but never physically going before the Lord on our knees. We read books written by godly authors – which are wonderful gifts we have and can speak such truth into our life – but we never pick up the Bible ourselves. We binge watch our favorite television show to escape the reality of our situation, while we ignore that God is undeniably calling our heart to spend time with Him.
Try an experiment with me. Turn off the music. Turn off the television. Put down your phone…or, if you dare…and trust that the world will not cave in…turn off your phone. Pick up your Bible and sit down on your couch, or your favorite chair, or your bed, or maybe even the stool in the bathroom if that is where you need to be in order to get alone (I have children, I know how it is!). And dare to embrace the silence. Allow God to have room to speak. Our lives are so full, so rushed, so fast. With work and school and sports and our kids’ activities and yes, even church events…our life is nonstop. I dare you to stop. Make margin in your life for God to speak to you. Make room in your life and in your plan for Him to do something unexpected.
Our promise in Jeremiah 29 is that when we seek the Lord with our whole heart, we will find Him. When we are willing to give God our cup, He overflows it with waterfalls and rushing streams of living water! I guarantee you that any time alone with God will not be in vain. Invite God to look into the depths of your soul. Allow Him to heal the deepest and darkest parts of your heart. Surrender to Him every burden, big or small. And find in Him the joy and peace and strength to walk in victory. Drink from the only fountain that will sustain you and quench your thirst. And don’t be afraid of the silence.