By Pastor Adam Goudreault (January 16, 2022)
1 Kings 19:11-13
The Lord said, “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.
Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
We live in a crazy world. Not only that, but we live in a fast world. A loud world. With every passing year we see more billboards on our highways and louder commercials on our TVs. It seems everywhere we look, the world is trying to grab our attention. And it comes at a cost. Studies have shown that mental illnesses like depression and anxiety have skyrocketed since the birth of social media. Of course, our phones don’t help – billboards that fit neatly into the palms of our hands.
However, God doesn’t always choose to speak to us in loud voices. Often, it’s the opposite, and we can miss out on God speaking to us if we don’t carve our moments of silence in our lives. In the story of Elijah, God demonstrates amazing acts of power in front of him, but Elijah was perceptive enough to know God was not in those demonstrations. A moment later, Elijah heard a gentle whisper, and suddenly knew God was there.
In seasons of fasting, it’s easy to give up something without replacing it with something more beneficial. It’s easy to switch out one form of noise with another. But perhaps God is waiting for stillness in our lives, before He speaks to us. In these 21 days, what can you do to be more intentional about carving out times of silence, where not even your phone can interrupt Him?
“Be still and know that I am God.” – Psalm 46.10
Lord, help me to quiet the noise and distractions and give me ears to hear your voice. Help me to make your presence a priority in my life, and to make room for you each day – not just during the fast, but in the days to come. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.