I’ve been thinking about Elijah on the mountain. God displayed His mighty power through the wind, earthquake, and fire. 1 Kings 19:11 says of the wind that it, “…tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces…” Elijah just stood there watching a GodShow. However it was God’s still small voice that caused Elijah to wrap his mantle around his face. It was then that the Lord spoke to Elijah’s despondent heart and gave him a new commission.
The power in silence is the dynamic impact His still small voice has on our heart. Job 26 revealed some of God’s power through very picturesque words. Verse 14 says, “Indeed these are the mere edges of His ways, and how small a whisper we hear of Him!” Our whole being is awakened when the Lord whispers His wisdom. We are never the same.
The Lord gave me a new song in 2002. The words still impact me. Here are three more verses: Your words like oil penetrate the places in my heart that were hardened through fear. You say My child don’t be afraid. I’ve been there all along to shield and protect. Let go of that which you clutch so tight. That I might fulfill the deepest longings of your heart.
Don’t let the cares of this life choke out My words. Open your heart to hear the beat of My own heart. I desire oneness with you but I won’t compete with that to which you give yourself. I will but wait until you tire of your own pursuits. And nestle down in My love.
Be still now and quiet your heart before Me. I have so much to share to reveal the depths of My counsel. For in Me is hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I have all and hold all. Through the power of My Word.
Part of my prayer for myself each morning is that I will have ears to hear His still small voice. Why? It sets me up to have the ears of a learner inclining to receive. It is my heart posturing. I want to grasp and comprehend His wisdom so that I can put it into practice. It is in our still time that our heart is most receptive.
However, the Lord will speak at any time and in any situation. We just need to be ready. If we have the attitude of a learner, we will hear Him. The other day I was about to do a good work that I do every morning. Just before I did, I sighed. Immediately the Lord dropped these words into my heart: do not be weary in well doing, for you will reap if you don’t lose heart. It comes from Galatians 6:9
When the Lord speaks to us in the midst of what we are doing, it is called a paga. It is a Hebrew word that means to meet, light upon, join, or encounter. It is like when a butterfly flits upon a flower to drink nectar. The Lord’s word intercepts our thought process to bring us His nectar. It may be an insight, a name of someone that He wants you to pray for, or to contact in some way. It may be an illumination as you are reading His word. It may be a phrase from a verse that slips right into your prayer or conversation. A learner is attentive at all times, and ready to receive.