THE Small, Still Voice
A couple of nights ago, I was on the phone with one of my close friends. She was voicing her frustration in regards to hearing God. In the middle of her rant, she said, “I wish God would just amplify His voice sometimes.” She was really venting and carrying on (love you, girl), but for me, God had tuned her voice out,
When she finally took a breath, I said, “God said that He comes in a small, still voice because He won’t compete with the noise of your life.” She said, “Oop", and immediately fell silent. God then carried on with a whole message that started with, “Tell her…”
After we finished talking and she took her rebuke like a champ, I hung up the phone and started thinking: How many of us miss God because we are looking for Him amongst the noise?
Often times, we find ourselves in situations where we feel trapped, overwhelmed, disappointed, afraid and confused. Let’s just be real; life can suck sometimes. During those difficult seasons, it can be hard to hear, let alone obey the voice of God. Our bro Elijah had this same situation.
1 Kings 19 depicts a pessimistic prophet (Elijah) running for his life. Queen Jezebel is so sure that she is going to have him killed that she calls on her own false idols to render the same (and more) to her if he isn’t killed (we really have to watch our words, but that’s a different post for a different day). Back to angry Elijah - he’s blown because he feels like God was out here showing out for the people and all the miracles in all the land wouldn’t make them repent and follow God. Low key, Elijah felt like God had failed.
Now I know this isn’t the teaching that you’re used to (re: Elijah) but stick with me here. Elijah was like many of us; frustrated with himself, the people AND God. A lot of times when we don’t see God moving how we want Him to or don’t see the results that we want, we feel let down and discouraged. *raises hand in confession*
So he’s running for his life and ends up in his own wilderness. Even though Elijah was cutting the fool (i.e. “O Lord, take away my life”), God still made provision (food and beverage). Don’t forge that God is mindful of us even when we are in a bad place (mentally and physically). He makes his trek to Mt. Sinai and hears the voice of the Lord tell him to go stand on the mountain. Next thing you know, Elijah experiences strong wind, an earthquake and a fire but doesn’t hear God. After all of the natural chaos, God finally speaks to him in a small, still voice. Though this communication results in Elijah having to anoint his successor, God DID show up and it was in the most unexpected way.
So remember this: God is NOT competing with what’s happening, even if His hand is in it. God was in the wind, the earthquake, AND the fire, but when it got quiet, and He had Elijah’s undivided attention, He finally spoke softly.
Take some time today to slow down and let God be God. I guarantee that He has something to say that will change your life.