Still Small Voice
“Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces 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; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. “So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave.” 1 Kings 19:11-13
So many voices, so many words uttered daily, but how much of it is God breathed? Never before in all time since the dawn of creation has the world been so inundated with the sound of voices both human and electronic sounding and filing the air with all kinds of expressions. Just think of it. From the days of Adam until the emergence of first instance of recorded sound there has never been such a time as we are living in today where utterances of voices are being heard around the world unceasingly.
The sound of creation has been resounding through the ages. The Scriptures tell us the sound of all creation has gone out through all the earth.
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.” Psalm 19:1-4
“The heavens” encompasses all creation beyond the sphere of the earth including the planets, stars and endless galaxiesthroughout the universe. The firmament encompasses all that is within the sphere of the earth and all that dwells within it, on it and immediately above it. All these things declare the glory of God. Their very existence is a testimony to the glory of God.
‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.” John 1:1-3
Think of it. From the tiniest microbe that can be identified to the greatest mountain on the earth, to the largest known planet in the solar system, to the largest star in the universe, all these express by their existence the glory of God. The sound of their force of power is resounding to the very boundaries of their orbit and beyond.
The sound of every bird, every beast, every creeping thing, every ocean, every wind that blows, every strike of lightening, every peal of thunder, every drop of rain, every sound of all nature mingled with the cries of humankind from the first cry of birth to the greatest voice of song from the highest to the lowest, the exquisite sound and emotion of the human voice is heard in the heraldic tenor or stirring baritone, to the stunning and crystalline soprano and the deeply penetrating contralto, to the majestic choral ensembles and orchestras, with strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion in grandiose consonance and dissonance mingling to create sonorous beauty and majesty, the billions upon billions of utterances in all of nature, each has its own unique sound and significance.
“There are, it may be, so many kinds of languages in the world, and none of them is without significance.” Corinthians 14:10
It is easy for us to imagine the voice of God as a profound, loud, thundering utterance from Heaven, but many times the Lord is speaking to us in a still small voice even the inaudible voice of the heart speaking to us without vocal sound but rather an inward awareness or sudden impression from within.
Most of the time God speaks to us through the agency of His gifts to men. Apostles Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers and these all (as many as are faithfully yielded to the Spirit of God) speak as they hear from Jesus by the Holy Spirit.
But the urgings from the Lord will often times come to us in a quite unremarkable way, a still small voice from within saying to us such things as, “Be aware!” “Be on your guard!” “Believe this!” “Avoid that.” “This has my blessing!” “This is not my will for you.” “This is my will for you.” “Don’t be afraid.” “Go! I am with you!” “Stand still.” “Do this now.” “Pray!” "It’s ok.” “Trust my Word.” “Listen to my Spirit.” “Listen to My Son!” “Quiet yourself, I am here with You.” “All will be well.” There are any number of voices that can speak to us, but God’s voice is distinguishable from all of them if we know and hear His Word.
The more we know of God’s Word, the more we know of His will for us. The more we know of His Word the easier it is to distinguish His voice from all the noise surrounding us. However, we must be vigilant to test the spirits, to test the messages of the voices swirling around us daily.
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1
The Holy Spirit gives us discernment to know the difference between the voice of God and the voice of anti Christ. Whatever is of despair, fear, anxiety, depression, self-loathing or criticism, pessimism, negativism, cynicism and judgmentalism is not the voice of God and therefore can be disregarded and when necessary vigorously opposed.
The voice of God’s Spirit is the voice of the wisdom that is from above. This voice is characterized by purity, peace, gentleness and it is easy to understand.
“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, andeasy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” James 3:17
God never throws a set of complicated puzzles at us and then says solve these and you will have my answer to your problem. No! He is a loving Father Who wants only our good all the time in everything. His will for us is LIFE and LIFE to the fullest and overflowing. That’s Who He is, and we are His children, made and reborn in his image after His likeness.
There are occasions as we study scripture that we come upon those things that challenge our understanding, but they are not hidden from us. We only need to pray and seek the Lord for understanding.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5
To this end He has also given us the gift of teachers, particularly, as well as prophets, pastors, evangelists and apostles in the church for our growth and maturity spiritually and relationally until we all as His church come into the unity of the faith and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. [Ephesian 4:11-16]
In Him we are indeed more than conquerors because He has fought and won the battle for us even before we begin the fight. Our good fight of faith then is not to let the enemy convince us that we are anything less than sons of the Most High God, now.
“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” 1 Timothy 6:12
“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” KJV 1 John 3:2
Beloved take hold of this and guard it with all your heart. You are right now, whatever circumstance of life you may be in, you are God’s priceless treasure, bought with the most costly currency ever known in all creation for all time, the precious, sinless, blood of JESUS CHRIST, His only begotten Son.
You are loved. You are highly favored and God will never allow you to be separated from His love. Encompassed in that love is His passionate care for everything that concerns you. So, take comfort in that and rest in His love and care for you.
“I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee. I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul. All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O Lord, when they hear the words of thy mouth. Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the Lord: for great is the glory of the Lord. Though the Lord be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me. The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.” Psalm 138:1-8