So, why should you read this article? After all, it’s just a bunch of words. We are surrounded by words every day, from conversations, from media of all kinds, from our devices as we talk and text, and from music. It is common for us to be “plugged in” as we walk and exercise. Sometimes, all the words around us simply make up the “noise” of our daily lives.
1 Kings 19:11-12 offers a stark contrast. “And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains . . . , 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 a still small voice.” After all this catastrophic activity, the Lord spoke to Elijah in a still small voice.
Psalm 46 is another fascinating passage as it talks about mountains shaking, waters roaring, and war raging. Then verse 10 simply says, “Be still and know that I am God.” The gospels record multiple times where Jesus lived out this verse as He withdrew from the crowds and even from the disciples to be alone with God.
This article was already in process when, this past Monday, the ministerial staff went away for the day. We had opportunity for individual alone time with God. I found myself struggling as my phone rang, I received texts, and the emails just kept coming. I was reminded that we have to be intentional as we shut out everything but God. It also occurred to me that perhaps we avoid being still because we don’t want to hear what God might say to us.
“Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God,” Romans 10:17. Simon Peter said, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of life,” John 6:68. God’s words are not just words, they are the words of life. May we heed and listen.
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