Thursday, November 17, 2016

Silence among the Chaos

Quiet. Stillness. Peace. In our world and society, these words seem to be the complete opposite of what we strive for.

We want the success, we want the perfect home, family, job… we want the perfect life. And often times when we reach for the Lord, we only look for Him in the big, and loud parts of life.

We want the boom, showy, make a statement type of God. We want to see Him make grand, amazing things right before our eyes…so then we can proclaim it truly is His voice.

But God.

God is grand and majestic and all of those wonderful things. But He also doesn't normally do what we expect of Him.

When Elijah went up to the mountain, the Lord spoke and passed right by Him. And Elijah saw the greatness of strong winds, and rocks being broken apart. He saw the earthquake and a great fire… but the Lord was not in any of those.

1 Kings 19:12 //And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.//

After all of the noise… came His still small voice.

Sometimes it's hard to think a God so grand and capable of the impossible would be in the stillness, in the quiet. Our human hearts want to see to believe, yet the Lord asks that we listen.

He asks us to see beyond what is in front of our very eyes. The Lord wants us to seek Him with no distractions… He wants our whole hearts and attention.

And so He comes to us in the most unlikely places.

1 Kings 19:13 // And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?//

The Lord's still small voice was in the cave. Not in the busyness, not in the noise and chaos. But in the silence after it all.

When the world becomes too loud and we're busy looking for signs… let it be quiet.

When you can't seem to find peace in the everyday… let it be quiet.

When you think you're not enough and too much all at once… let it be quiet. And sit and listen for the small and faint whisper He wants you to hear. 

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