The Quiet Voice of the Father

“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:10). Think about the fast pace of our society today and the tendency toward loud music, and continuous noise. How does this compare with the nature of God’s voice? “Be still and know that I am God.” Your heart, faculties and mind must be still if you are to recognize the voice of God. I Kings 19:11-12 describes the appearance of the wind, the earthquake and the fire – none of which revealed God. Only after these had passed was God heard, in a still, small voice.

You cannot receive Christ and know that He is God unless you are sensitive to His still, small voice. When a pastor preaches in church, he prepares and studies, but he has to trust God for the message. God brings in a message, and the Holy Spirit directs. The leading of the Holy Spirit is so sensitive that it is easily interrupted. Concentration is required. Worship is concentrating on the Word of God like it is the last word you will ever hear.

God so longs to speak to us but because we do not pull ourselves away from the hustle and noise of life, His voice is muffled. Jesus constantly withdrew to commune and hear the voice of the Father (3). May we come away to a quiet place to commune with God and hear His voice.

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