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. – 1 Kings 19:11-12 (NIV)
I don’t know about your experience as a child, but when I was a child my parent’s silence spoke to me louder than words. As long as my father was reminding me of what he expected of me, I knew I was in the clear. After he warned me one too many times and then was silent, it was at that time I knew that I had overstepped my boundaries and he meant business.
As long as we are being told what we are doing wrong, we don’t really have to process it. The person who is doing the talking is essentially analyzing our actions and issuing a guilty plea on our behalf. It is in the moments of silence that we have time to reflect on our actions and allow our conscience to convict us of wrong doings.
God’s Word is our instruction manual that reveals what is right from wrong every time we read it. As we go about our lives, it is similar to taking a test. Just as the teacher requires silence while taking a test, God requires silence in order to allow us to reflect back on what we learned. If we will allow time for silent moments in life, we will discover that it is in those times that God’s gentle whisper can speak the loudest.
Lord, help me to carve out time from my busy schedule to experience moments of silence where I can encounter instruction in the midst of Your gentle whisper.