Silence - Ps Aaron Johnston

26th September 2020

‘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?”’

1 Kings 19:11-13 (NIV)

Our God is a living and speaking God.  He communicates by speaking to His people.  God has been speaking since the beginning of time and all of creation began because God ‘spoke’.  His voice and words brought life and everything we experience today into being. John 1 even describes ‘the Word’ as being present with God in the beginning.  Ever since creation God has been speaking to those He created. Just like Elijah in this story, I believe God wants to have moments with us where we can hear Him speak clearly, but are we looking for His voice in the right places? When God spoke to Elijah He wasn’t in the wind, nor was He in the earthquake or the fire.  God spoke in the ‘gentle whisper’ or the ‘still small voice.’ You see we are exposed to so much noise on a daily basis and I’m not just talking about sounds around us.  You see, noise can be viewed as anything that fights for our attention or focus.  For so many people silence is uncomfortable.  The enemy and our world have convinced us that ‘silence’ is a bad thing and we’ve become accustomed to thinking that we shouldn’t have silence because it’s awkward. However, what if that’s where God is waiting for us.  Elijah found God in the silence, but just like him we have to position ourselves and be in the place where we can hear God‘s voice. God has never stopped speaking and He wants to speak to you. Are you in a place where you can hear him or is it too noisy? Learn to embrace the silence!

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