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 and 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. I Kings 19:11-12
Have you ever heard the still small voice? Sometimes I think we pray for things and we expect God to show us the answer in a BIG way. We pray for and sometimes we don’t get the answer we want, or we get the answer we wanted, but things didn’t unfold the way WE thought they should so we sit there and say “OK God, I think you’re showing me that I should go in this direction, but if that’s not what you want, show me.” Even though God has already shown us what He wants us to do. I think that sometimes we expect a bolt of lightning or an earthquake as a confirmation of what God wants, and sometimes He does show us things that way, but we have to learn to hear, listen to, and obey that still small voice. That’s how God speaks to us.
I’m trying to get better at listening to it, I really am. When I was praying about being self employed, I talked to God about it for OVER A YEAR. It went something like this……
Me: “God, I would really like to be self employed. You know that I need more time with Grace, You know that I need to lower my stress level, You know that I need more piano students to do it, God, please show me if this is Your will.”
God: I just sent you 2 more piano students. Can’t you see this is the direction I’m leading you in?
Me: Thank you LORD for the 2 piano students you just sent me. Please show me if teaching piano full time is your will for me.
God: Beth, I keep sending you more piano students, how much more clear can I make myself?
Me: God, I REALLY want to quit my job. I just can’t do this anymore. Please show me your will.
God: Beth, it’s time for you to quit your job and just trust in Me, I will take care of you. I’ve called you to be a mom, and I want to you fill that role, I will take care of the rest.
Me: But God, what about my bills? I can’t just quit my job, let go of a steady paycheck and hope that it will all work out…….God SHOW ME WHAT YOU WANT ME TO DO.
God: Beth, you prayed specifically for 3 new students this month, and I gave you 3 new students this month……can I make myself any clearer? I will supply your needs. Just obey.
I remember when I finally listened and OBEYED that voice. God gave me so much peace about finances and where my future students would come from. Now, 6 months later, I’m kicking myself for not listening to Him sooner.
How many times have you heard the still small voice, obeyed and been amazed as you see the hand of God work? One time, God told me 3 times one morning to call a friend of mine who I hadn’t talked to in awhile. When I finally picked up the phone and called her, she was almost in tears, she was having a very rough day and need to talk to someone. God knew that and He used me (even though I didn’t obey until the 3rd time I was told.) to be a blessing to her.
One time, I was driving and the still small voice told me to change lanes. I kept driving and again came the thought, “change lanes” I changed lanes and not even 10 seconds later, the car that was where I would have been was rear ended.
There are many times that the still small voice speaks to us. It says “smile at that lady as you walk past her.” It says “call Mary and see how her day is going.” It says “Pray for John.” It says “Take the longer way to work today.” It says “be nice to her even though she’s rough around the edges.” It says “let the lady behind you get in line to check out first.” Most importantly, it says “trust me, and obey.”
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