We are well into November and the Holidays are upon us. It seems that it has been Christmas since October and we pause to celebrate Thanksgiving. I find myself in the hustle and bustle of it all and creating a to do list because that is the only way that I can manage it all. My list of activities is never ending noise that is constantly in the background of my mind. If I am not careful it will drown out the intent and voice behind the holiday. The holiday can pass without any true communion with my family or with God. Sometimes all that I have left after it is all over is empty boxes and a mountain of fatigue.
This year the Lord is leading me to quiet the noise. This reminds me of the story of Elijah in 1 Kings Chapter 19 Verses 9-13. Elijah had been going about his ministry and found himself in a cave and the Lord asked him, “Why are you here?” The Lord said, “Go out and stand at the mountain before the Lord. The Lord is passing by.” A very strong wind tore through the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. Elijah found God in the quiet.
God is not obligated to speak to us by any other means other than the still small voice. Trust me, He has the option to speak in any manner that he wishes because He is God. But God is obligated to the still small voice because His word proves that in the story of Elijah. The problem is us and it is always us. We fill our lives with so much noise that we are deaf to the still small voice. Sometimes we get so busy that we listen, but we do not hear.
I believe the Church of Jesus Christ is in this state as we speak. In Revelation Chapter 3 Verse 22 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The Spirit is speaking in a still small voice pointing the body of Christ to true communion and genuine worship, but we are so busy about our plans we fail to hear the voice of God.
I pray during this season that you quiet the noise and seek for the voice of God. Jeremiah tells us that you shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart. Remember, God is obligated to the still small voice, but have you obligated yourself to hearing that voice?
Until next time!