January 5th, 2020 | Chad Gardner
1 Kings 19:12
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 tore 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 the sound of a low whisper.
We lean in to hear a whisper. The goal of listening to the heavenly father’s voice is not only in hearing him, but in the intimacy it creates. God often speaks loudest when we are at our most quiet.
And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
This passage is essentially the last discipleship lesson Jesus gave to his followers. He instructs them to watch and pray.
I rise before dawn and cry for help; I hope in your words.
Do you value God enough to set an appointed time to meet with him? You owe it to yourself and your relationship with God.
And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
Be. Be content. Be still. Know he is God, and worship him.
And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.
And the man said to me, “Son of man, look with your eyes, and hear with your ears, and set your heart upon all that I shall show you, for you were brought here in order that I might show it to you. Declare all that you see to the house of Israel.”
And the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I am coming to you in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and may also believe you forever.” When Moses told the words of the people to the Lord, the Lord said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their garments and be ready for the third day. For on the third day the Lord will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.
God was telling the people to get ready to listen, to be prepared for hear him to speak.
1 Chronicles 28:19
All this he made clear to me in writing from the hand of the Lord, all the work to be done according to the plan.
- Appoint a daily time to spend with God.
- Be silent and worship him.
- Pray what’s on your heart.
- Listen and write down what God is speaking to you.
- Learn and internalize scripture.
“Silence is anything but passive waiting. It’s proactive listening.” – Mark Batterson
If you want to hear the heart of God, silence is key. You have to wage war on competing voices and distractions.