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SOUNDS…are virtually everywhere, especially in this electronic age. There are natural sounds as well as man-made ones. Phones, horns, airplanes, traffic, trains.  In fact, we live in a time where it really is difficult to find true silence.  You really have to look for it.

Recently I was on vacation with my family in Watercolor, FL. I typically lounge right near the water’s edge for a couple hours and take it/Him all in. Someone has defined the ocean waves as ‘God’s tranquilizer’. I second that. One day I started hearing the intense roar and pounding of the waves against the sand. It was very noticeable and turned my thoughts to all of the sounds that God made a part of His creation.

To name just a few-the cooing of two doves; the whippoorwill at dusk; the many songs of the mockingbird; the bleating of sheep and goats; the mooing of cows; the chilling cry of the hyena or the lonesome howling of the wolf; the fierce roar of a lion; the shrill cry of the hawk or eagle. Dogs barking, cats meowing, pigs snorting, babies crying, and, yes, people talking. All of these and more have a specific purpose in God’s creation. Communication!

God’s universe is filled with living beings that He enabled with a means of communicating within each species. But he also provided a sense of understanding from the sounds between species. A dog and his master! That’s an easy one. There are countless others.

Then my thoughts turned to the sounds of God Himself. It hit me that all sounds originate from Him. There is nothing that is made that was not made by and through Him so that would include all sounds, natural or man-made. Elijah found himself in a cave begging God to save him as he thought he was the only believer left. I Kings 19:11-18 is quite revealing. God invites him outside the cave and to stand on the mountain before Him.

 

“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, then he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, ‘what are you doing here Elijah?'” (vss. 11-13).

Can you picture yourself there? Scripture describes Elijah as a man like you and me. So maybe we can learn something from him. Have you ever felt so alone, even in the middle of a crowded room or in the seclusion of your house? Most times when I’m having a pity party, feeling abandoned and disconnected from the Lord and others, I find it hard to hear God’s voice above all the ‘noise‘ in my ears and mind. God sent a mighty wind, earthquake, fire and then a still small voice. Only then did Elijah hear His voice! Do you get it; he heard a lot of sounds but never heard God’s voice. It can happen even while reading the Word and while praying. We are so busy hearing the words and speaking words, maybe listening to other voices, that we miss hearing His voice.

In Ezekiel 43:2 he heard God’s voice “like a sound of many waters”. He speaks in many ways. He spoke and creation came into existence. The scriptures are His voice as dictated and recorded by the Holy Spirit. Do you find yourself much of your life listening for a word from the Lord; for assurance, comfort, vision, confirmation, help, whatever? Keep listening-it may surprise you how He speaks or through whom He speaks.

For the past several weeks Satan has been really hammering on me about my self-worth, the ministry of Abiding Fathers etc. I recognized his voice so I diligently sought the Lord and claimed the blood of Christ, “casting all my cares on Him because He cares for me“. The next morning I had an early meeting with a Christian friend in the landscape business. I had asked him to look at our front yard for suggestions. We started talking more about the Lord then the yard. Eventually he started telling me about what an influence my life and ministry had on him and others. Wow! At the end he put his arm around me and on my front walk he spoke a very encouraging prayer.

Then I received a call from a man I did not know who was recommended by a Christian friend. I invited him to lunch and we spent 2½ hours addressing his burden for the Father’s heart for the next generation of fathers. Double wow!! I was now floating! For me, God’s voice came quickly and through two Christian brothers, one of whom I knew and one I did not. All in a matter of four hours! Is God good or what?!! We must keep seeking and listening!!

Forty years ago, I heard this from Him and it forever changed my life. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him and dine with him, and he with Me” (Rev. 3:20). I understood I could have a personal relationship with the God of the universe through His Son.

What is He trying to say to you? Turn down all the other sounds and start listening for HIS voice? I’m betting He’s already speaking to you! And in ways that may surprise you. He’s good at that!

Copyright 2014

Bill C. Dotson

www.lifespeakstous.com

bill@abidingfathers.org

Scriptures taken from the New King James Version

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