Then he said, Go out and take your place on the mountain before the Lord. Then the Lord went by, and mountains were parted by the force of a great wind, and rocks were broken before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind there was an earth-shock, but the Lord was not in the earth-shock. 12 And after the earth-shock a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire, the sound of a soft breath. 13 And Elijah, hearing it, went out, covering his face with his robe, and took his place in the opening of the hole. And there a voice came to him saying, What are you doing here, Elijah?
1 Kings 19:11-13 (BBE)
For about a week now lots of things have been going through my mind, things to be done, how to do them, why i have not been able to them, what i must do, things am tired of,people i must meet, blah blah blah. And it kind of filled my heart and and my mind, and in the midst of all these i tried hearing what God thoughts were but i could not concentrate not to talk of hearing Him.
I got to church on wednesday and my pastor talked about the covanent practice of Stillness, hmm a word in season for me.
If you notice the above scripture, you will be amazed that during all of the mighty manifestation, winds breaking rocks, earth quake, fires, God voice could not be heard, this is the God who created all these things and the whole universe but all these circumstances seem to shut Him out.
It not that If He talks when this things are happening all these cannot stop but He has made this His principle, remember the bible says ‘Be still(Quiet) and know that i am God’ these seems to be a paradox to our idea of how God is.
This Shows that God comes in when all the Noise is out!!!
Now it either the noise stops on their own and you are still longing to hear Him or you shut out the Noise to hear Him. No wonder in Psalm 23 our Good shepherd leads us beside Still(Quiet, Peaceful) waters only. This means He also wants His children to be at peace. Jere 30:10.
And the work of righteousness will be peace; and the effect of an upright rule will be to take away fear for ever
Isaiah 32:17 (BBE) This means we are also to spread peace every where we Go so others can experience God.
I know the storms around you, negative reports, Your bank account, House rent due, Need of money to marry, Lack of Job after 7years of graduating, Doctors report, Spouse pressure, Family pressure and so on, may be screaming at you requiring your attention(ALL NOISE), I speak to them all and i say ‘Peace be still’ .
But the choice to be still is also yours, Be still and Know that i am God, enter into your rest my Child says God.
Be at peace in the knowledge that I am God: I will be lifted up among the nations, I will be honoured through all the earth. 11 The Lord of armies is with us; the God of Jacob is our high tower.
Psalms 46:10-11 (BBE)
Then they are glad, because the sea is quiet, and he takes them to the harbour of their desire.
Psalms 107:30 (BBE)
You are blessed