Our neighborhood is a very quiet place, especially at night. Except last night. I was laying in bed in the wee hours, enjoying the peace and the fresh air coming from our open window, when suddenly the night was filled with the sound of a shrill engine. Someone was cruising the neighborhood in a motor scooter. The whiny sound didn’t do much for providing the peace and quiet needed for sleep.
Noise also gets in the way of our relationship with God. Our peace is interrupted by money worries, job stress, and other troubles, some caused by us and some caused by Satan and his cohorts. These troubles make it difficult to hear God and we expect him to overcome the “noise” with a loud message or an explosion in our circumstances. And we think He will hear us better if we shout our concerns at Him.
God doesn’t seem to appreciate a lot of sound and frenzy in his communication. Elijah seemed to understand this when he confronted the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel. They were “shouting” at their god, he was “praying” to his (I Kings 18:25-38). But he may not have grasped the idea completely. After he was running from King Ahab and Jezebel as a result of this confrontation, he waited for God to speak to him through a strong wind, an earthquake and fire. God spoke to Him in a whisper (I Kings 19:12).
When we confront the problems of life, we should find a peaceful place and listen to Jesus and talk with Him. We don’t have to shout, although He doesn’t mind it. While listening to Him, we should expect his voice to speak quietly to our souls, especially through His Word.