Silence

“11 And he said, Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord. And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. 13 And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, What are you doing here, Elijah? 14 He said, I have been very jealous for the Lord, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away.” 1 Kings 19:11-14

Tonight, we talked about worship at journey group and we brought up this story through a video we had watched. Now, I’ve read this story and really love this story but I had forgotten it. I wrote a note about the Music and how in the music, He is there, and yes when I am worshipping Him , He is there, but He’s not always in the music- He’s in the silence. God could have been in the fire, in the wind, or the earthquake, but He came in the silence. How hard is it for us to find silence- pure silence? In these days, I’d say it’s pretty hard. We get so caught up in the noise that we forget to listen to God speak. our lives are filled with so much noise that it deafens His voice and we’re not able to hear Him. So when we ask, God speak in my life, are we also going to a lot time to sit and listen? Instead of just running down the lists of I need/want/ pray for how about we sit, in pure silence, and just listen.

I love verse 13. When Elijah heard it, he got up and went. He HEARD it. In pure silence, Elijah heard God speak and then went to talk. What message is God trying to tell you today but your noise is louder than Him?

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