Reason #9: We’re Not Listening, Even if God Shouts
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God may actually be shouting loudly, and it’s possible we’re just not listening.
After running 90 miles away from Queen Jezebel because he had killed her 400 prophets of Baal, Elijah was exhausted and deeply depressed. Angels attended to him and then God was not silent. He spoke.
“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 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. (1 Kings 19:11-13)
We listen because sometimes the winds are contrary.
We listen because sometimes an earthquake is shaking the core of our being.
We listen because sometimes it feels like a walking through the fires of hell.
We listen, fortunately, because sometimes his voice may be hard to hear...but he is not silent.
In his own quiet way, Jesus is giving us the strength and grace we need for every situation.
Then Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear." (Mark 4:9)
Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear. (Matthew 3:43)
God is not silent. He is speaking. He loves you deeply, and even if you don’t feel it, He is in control.
Why don’t you take a moment to listen quietly? God may be speaking to you right now.
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