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 rent 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; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire (a sound of gentle stillness and) a still, small voice. 1 Kings 19:11-12
This speaks of Elijah when he was hiding from Jezebel, King Ahab’s wife, who threatened to kill Elijah after God slayed the prophets of Baal. He was afraid, depressed, and doubting God’s power. While hiding in a cave, the Lord told him to “stand on the mount.” God showed His power in the wind, the earthquake, and the fire. But how did God speak to Elijah? He spoke in that still, small voice. That is how He speaks to us, in His still, small voice. I have had to train myself to hear that voice. We live in a culture that is full of distractions. It’s so easy for me to spend too much time watching TV, reading a good book, or working on a project. When I think about technology today, I understand why we have a hard time learning to hear His voice. I have friends that constantly, and I mean constantly, check their phones while we are talking. Others text without ceasing. The world has 24-hour access to us, and we accommodate the interruptions.
Have you ever bumped into something or someone while walking and texting? I won’t even discuss texting and driving. How many of us keep our phones at our sides while eating a meal with friends or family? Thankfully, many families have declared the dinner table a technology-free zone and check their phones in a basket before coming to the table. We have lost the art of communicating. I have watched teens sitting next to each other and texting rather than speaking face-to-face – when they are sitting a mere six inches apart! Others play music or the TV all day for background noise. We have conditioned ourselves to live with noise and distractions. It’s hard for me to hear and understand people speaking to me even if they are shouting when there is noise around me. I think God speaks in a still, small voice because He wants our undivided attention. So, I continue to train myself to listen, to sit still and wait to hear His voice on purpose, to study the Bible in quiet, and to listen when I pray more than I speak. It does make a difference. What if God is waiting for you to get rid of the distractions in your life? What if God wants to speak to YOU in His still, small voice?