Noise (Part 2)
In my first post, we looked at our unending obsession with busyness and noise, and the insight CS Lewis provided us over 60 years ago. But what about the Bible? What does it have to say about God and listening to his voice?
I would like to highlight a section of scripture in particular. It is from 1st Kings 19:11-13:
11 And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke 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. 12 And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. 13 And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
A great and strong wind. An earthquake. A fire. Each event invokes a sense of power and grandeur. Large and cataclysmic events. Where our logic might try and tell us, “In such power, we might hear and see God”.
Oh, how our minds can deceive us.
The voice of God is heard in the “low whisper”. A sense of gentleness, stillness, and control.
Let me use an illustration. My two year old son Zachary does things he is not supposed to do from time to time. When I discipline and talk to him about those things he does wrong, I can take two approaches. The first is to yell at him and arouse a big voice. Shake my finger and get upset. However, this method is almost never affective. It scares him and causes him to withdraw. He simply can’t hear and understand me.
On the contrary, when I speak softly and lower my voice, he almost always understands. When I am calm, gentle, and soften my voice is when he can listen and hear me. It is where he can respond to me (his father) and do what I would like him to do.
We are indeed created in Gods image. Like Elijah, we should tune our heart’s ear to God whisper. To his quiet voice.