Too Much Noise
5 Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.”
24 Teach me, and I will keep quiet. Show me what I have done wrong.
1 Kings 19:11-12
11 “Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper.
When was the last time you just sat quiet before the Lord? Was it so long ago that you have to really think hard to remember when it was. If so, you may agree that it has been too long. There are some of you who may have to admit, that you have never sat quiet before the Lord and that’s ok, because starting today you can change that.
The reason you may want to consider making this a new practice, is because God can reveal so much to us when we turn the noise down in our lives. We can’t hear Him when we are constantly bombarded with the noise from TV’s, phones, social media and Drama that comes our way.
God wants our full attention, and the only way that we can clearly hear His instructions for our day, is to be silent. When we are constantly racing from place to place and thing to thing, we miss so much that God is eager to share with us. We pray and we ask God to give us answers and directions, but we don’t turn down the volume in our lives, so that we can really hear His response.
When we do this, it is like asking for directions from the GPS in your car, and not making any adjustments to the sound of your car’s radio.
If the sound of the music is constantly blurring, you will miss the directions that your GPS is providing. It’s not that God is not providing answers, it’s that we have not stopped the flow of noise that is constantly moving in our direction.
So may I suggest to you today, that the next time you grab your Bible, or you kneel to pray, that you end your quiet time, with a few minutes of total silence before the Lord.
If it is hard for your brain to quiet down for a few minutes, I suggest that you bring a notebook to your chair and write down your thoughts as they come to you, until your brain quiets down. It will take time to develop this new habit, but it will be your most treasured time with God once you master it. This is a discipline that will reward you over and over again. You will start to clearly hear the guiding words and instructions from the one who loves you most, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.
Blessings to each of you, as you start a deeper journey with your Heavenly Father!