With all that’s going on in this world today, we must be mindful to find the high, quiet place In the Lord. It is in the still of the day in that quiet place that we can best hear the Lord.
We are reminded in the bible where the Lord spoke to Elijah.
“And He said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake 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 still small voice.” – 1 Ki 19:11 -12
We must learn to listen to the still small voice that God uses to speak. Even in the midst of turmoil and the drama of the day, the Lord will continue to speak to you in that still small voice. We must learn to train our ear to hear him in the midst of hectic situations. We must learn how to hear that still small voice even when things all around us are constantly yelling at us.
Situations on your job might be yelling loudly. Your bills might be yelling loudly. The children might be yelling loudly. All the demands of life might be making tremendous noises of their own and causing a rumbling and shaking. And all of this noise and all of this drama is doing its best to try to shift your focus away from God and toward its dramatic scenarios. All of these things are yelling at you to cause you to pay attention to them rather than to God. But through all of that we must learn to hear God as He uses that still small and quiet voice. It is through that small voice the Lord will use to speak to us, that He will give you guidance. Through that small voice, He will show you which way to go.
As we go through life, how often is our attention drawn away to the large noises, the big sounds or the big activities and events? How often do we tend to think that because it’s big, that God must be there? Perhaps, the Lord is in actuality, trying to speak to you in a small situation while using a soft voice. We see this all the time in churches and society. The one with the biggest event or the biggest crowd seems to be the one that gets the most attention. It’s easy for everybody to get caught up in the hype of the grand activities and fail to listen to that small voice that God chooses to use. And even with all that is going on today with hurricanes and the earthquakes and all the drama that is unfolding before us, we still must be those that slow ourselves down to hear that still small voice.
When the noise becomes overwhelming and deafening, you must learn how to sneak away to find that quiet place. Even if it is just for a few minutes to close your eyes and get quiet. The Lord told Elijah to go stand on the mountain. Jesus would often go up into the mountains to pray. The mountains represent that high quiet place. In the mountains, the air is thinner. The air is purer. In the mountains, you’re not caught up in the activity of the life in the valley. Learn to go to that high place in the Spirit of God where the air is pure.
When you are in the mountains, your perspective changes. That quiet time with the Lord will take you to a higher place and cause your vision to change. It is a place where you can begin to see things for what they really are. Many times, when were in the midst of everything, obstacles and things can seem overwhelming. But when you go up into the high place and you look down, all the sudden you realize it really isn’t as big of a deal as you thought it was.
It is interesting to note, that it takes exertion to climb up into the mountains. Sometimes, it takes exertion to slow your mind down and to step away from all the daily drama. In other words, you’re going to have to work at it. Work to find and enter that place of peace and that place of rest in God. Consider what it says in the book of Hebrews:
“Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. “- Heb 4:11
It takes work to enter into that high, quiet place where you can see things from a different perspective. It takes a concerted effort to ‘slow your roll’ and come into that place of peace, quiet and trust in God. It requires exertion to set aside the drama of the day and climb into the high place where you can hear God’s still small voice.
One thing we have noticed, as we traveled by plane: upon take off, that the plane labors to get sufficient altitude to fly smoothly. As the plane flies higher, it eventually breaks through the cloud cover. As it does, the atmosphere suddenly changes. Suddenly, the ride becomes smooth and the cabin grows quiet.
Whether it is the mountains, an airplane ride or simply a moment with your eyes closed, learn to find the high place in the Spirit. Learn to hear God’s still small voice. Regardless of all that is going on, learn to soar like the airplanes and break through life’s cloud of drama. Learn to fly into the high place. Learn to hear His quiet voice.
And remember, it is always sunny above the clouds.
May God’s Grace Abundantly Rain In Your Life!
-Apostle Ric & Kathy Steele