R U Listening???
READ: 1 Kings 19:1-12 After
the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a
still small voice. —1 Kings 19:12
In recent years, the spread
of personal digital music players has resulted in concerns about hearing loss.
The design of the music players and their earphones has been the target of
complaints and lawsuits. Long-term exposure to music at a high volume has been
shown to cause serious hearing impairment. In a sense, too much hearing can
result in an inability to hear.
We live in a world filled
with noise—noises designed to sell, plead, seduce, and deceive. In the midst of
this cacophony of sound, it’s easy to miss the one voice that matters most.
Elijah had listened to
Jezebel’s threats and the voice of his own fear, so he fled to a cave to hide.
In the cave he was confronted with the overwhelming noise of wind, an
earthquake, and fire (1 Kings 19:11-12). Then the cave grew silent and the
voice of the Lord—the only sound that mattered—broke through as “a still small
If we are to hear God
speaking to our hearts through His Word, we need to pull away from the noise of
the crowd. Only when we learn to be quiet can we really understand what it
means to commune with the God who cares for us.
In our “quiet time” today,
let’s make an effort to listen for the voice of God. —Bill
Speak, Lord, in the
While I wait on Thee;
Hushed my heart to listen
In expectancy. —Grimes
To hear God’s voice, turn
down the world’s volume.