There are so many things that clamor for our attention. We live in a world of constant stimulation with all of our electronic devices; our phones beep and vibrate with emails, text messages, Facebook comments and phone calls. It seems like someone is always trying to talk to us in one form or fashion.
“Miss anything else, but do not miss My voice. Other voices may introduce disharmony, but My voice will always bring peace to your heart and clarity to your thinking. For when you turn to the left or to the right, you will hear My voice behind you saying: This is the way, walk in it.” (An excerpt from Come Away My Beloved by Frances J. Roberts)
Do you recognize the voice of the Father over all the other voices you hear around you? Do you take time to listen to what He has to say about your life? It is easy to get busy doing things and not take out time to hear from the One who has the master plan for our life, but when we do, we find ourselves feeling overwhelmed, stressed out, frustrated and exhausted.
We need to be able to recognize the voice of God. But what does it sound like? Elijah learned what His voice sounded like.
1 Kings 19:11-13
The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
The Lord did not speak to Elijah in the wind, earthquake or fire, He spoke in a gentle whisper. It would be nice if He would speak to us in a grand way that would get our attention and we would know without a shadow of a doubt that we have heard from Him, but that is not His way. He wants us to take time away from our busy lives to sit quietly before Him. He wants us to be intentional about listening to Him. Anything worth having takes time and effort.
How much time and effort do you put into hearing from God? Most of us put a lot of time into talking to God, but do we talk the time to listen? Relationships are built on communication and communication is a two way street where you do some of the talking and some of the listening. Is your communication with God a two way street or do you do all the talking?
Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not ignore it.
Spend some time today just sitting quietly before the Lord and listen for his gentle whisper. Take some time out of your day to hear what He has to say to you. He will lead and guide you and give you peace.