The Importance of Quiet

The_quiet_after_the_storm_by_Ciccio08God displays His presence in many ways in our lives.  Sometimes He shows up through flashy miracles, signs, and wonders.  Mostly, though, He speaks to us on paths that are less noticeable, the everyday things that we take for granted.  He is speaking to all of us constantly, but the real question is this:  Are we placing ourselves in a position to listen to His messages to us?

In I Kings 19, Elijah ran for his life when Jezebel threatened to execute him.  He escaped to the wilderness, begging God to take his life because he was exhausted and tired of trying to reach those who had no intention of committing their lives to God.  This part of the story caught me by surprise…really?  Elijah was frightened and whining?  Elijah, whom the LORD had chosen, and proven Himself by sending fire down to consume a drenched altar and sacrifice in front of the prophets of Baal?  If Elijah was weak, what chance do I have of hearing God rightly?
But how did God respond to him?  Did He become angry with Elijah for all his complaining?  God remembered that we humans are made of dust, and fade like flowers and grass.  He sent refreshment to Elijah to continue his journey to Mt. Sinai.  At the mountain, He spoke to Elijah:
“So He said, ‘Go forth and stand on the mountain before the LORD.’  And behold, the LORD was passing by!  And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking 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.  After the earthquake a fire, but theLORD was not in the fire; and after the fire, a still small voice.”   I Kings 19: 11-12
What we need to remember is that it does not depend on US, it depends on HIM.  I’ve found that most of the time, He chooses to communicate in small ways through small {in the world’s eyes} people, those who KNOW that these things cannot have come from them.  He works through us when we come to that place of trust, faith, obedience, and patience.  He works when we are out of the way of ourselves and His work.  He works when we REST IN HIM.  That is why quiet is so important for us.  Quiet in our space, quiet in our mind, spirit, body, and heart.  We desperately need to turn off the world’s distractions, whatever they may be for us {phones, internet, music, TV, people, video games, books, sports, etc} and meditate in His presence.  Come to the quiet.  It is in that space that God can make it clear to us the sound of His voice.
Jesus said that His sheep would hear His voice and recognize it…spending time in quietness before Him in His healing and holy presence brings us in tune with His heartbeat and voice.  Then we will have the wherewithal to stand in our armor against the world and the wiles of our enemy, to be clear conduits of His message of love to a hurting world.
Denise
 
Psalm 46:10
“Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
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3 thoughts on “The Importance of Quiet

  1. This was great, Ms. Denise. I’ve had to do away with quite a bit of distractions lately because my mind was being bogged down by all of it. Your post affirmed what God has been telling me lately. 🙂

  2. Spot on Denise, every once in a while I try to take water and an apple and head up Citico Creek for some peace and meditation (overdue right now). Without cell phones, IPads, TV, traffic and yes people, it is amazing how clear and close God can become.

  3. Thank you for your feedback! Also…check out the John Michael Talbot song on the link at the bottom of the blog entry. His music is quite a blessing!

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