Daniel Foster | @danielfoster07
Have you ever felt sometimes that God isn’t there? Or perhaps you spend time talking to Him but you feel like He isn’t listening or answering you? I have definitely felt that way during different moments of my life, but I often only look for God in big situations or life changing events.
This week I got a fresh reminder that sometimes, it’s in the silence when God speaks the loudest.
In 1 Kings 19:11-12, God says to Elijah “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of The Lord , for The Lord is about to pass by. Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks, but The Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but The Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but The Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.”
It wasn’t during the distracting storms or earth shattering events that God spoke to Elijah, it was in the still quiet gentle whisper, and I believe sometimes God speaks the same way to us today. Yet, how can we expect to hear God’s whisper if our lives are filled with “noises” that are not of God? With friends, sports, social media, work, and so many other things constantly blaring in the background of our lives, how can we hear anything?
This is why I find the importance of daily “quiet" times. Take some time every day and turn off the computer, the radio, your cell phone, or whatever may distract you just for a few minutes and spend some time listening to God in the silence through praying, or by reading His word. He just might be whispering to you.
This week I challenge you each day to tune all of the noise out of your life for a few moments. You’d be amazed at what you might hear.
Daniel Foster comes from the outskirts of Atlanta. He serves on staff at DeVotie Baptist Church where he is the student pastor. Daniel is a fan of the Georgia Bulldogs and the Atlanta Braves. You can find him on Twitter at @danielfoster07.