Are You Listening?

Jeremiah 33:3 says,”Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” God always answers prayers. But He doesn’t promise that He will always give the answer we want to hear, but He does promise to always answer with what we need to hear.

We can not forget that prayer is a two way conversation. It’s not just talking or asking, it’s also listening! Why did the good Lord give you two ears and one mouth? Because we should listen twice as much as we talk. Today world is so noisy, and we always have something or someone in our ear, we require God to shout over everything going on. We want God to give us a Heavenly billboard, or a fancy flashing sign. But most of the time God doesn’t work like that.

God spoke to Elijah when he was hiding in a cave, afraid of the evil queen Jezebel. 1 Kings 19:9-13 reads like this, “There he went to the cave and spent the night. And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your alters, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” The Lord said, “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 mountain apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, 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. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

The God who never changes still speaks to us in a gentle whisper. He has to be wondering: Is anybody listening? We live in a society that is addicted to noise! The question isn’t whether God is speaking, but the real question is whether we’re still listening.

I want to encourage you today to get away from the noise and take time to hear his voice. Get away from the computer, cell phone and any other distraction, and take time to listen to that gentle whisper! Have a great Sunday!