He said: "Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by." Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking 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 sound of sheer silence—and then there came a voice to him that said, "What are you doing here Elijah?"—I Kings: 19:11-13
“O that my people would listen to me”—Psalm 81:13
"People who are followers of Christ are continually growing as we learn to heed the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the teachings of Jesus in our individual lives. But we also must strive towards unity in the body of Christ as we seek the will of God in a corporate manner. Just as God led his people Israel by a pillar of fire by day and cloud by night through the wilderness, he longs to guide us now, not only as individuals, but also as a body. How is the voice that gives true sense to your life to be distinguished? Jesus makes himself felt in silence and prayer. In this climate of intimacy with Him you will be able to perceive the invitation sweet but also firm, of the good shepherd who says, “Follow me” Pope John Paul 2
Being quiet before the Lord allows for a precious space in time for a meeting between God, the Lover, and we, the beloved. We can meet with God in ever-growing familiarity and intimacy not because of any of our special abilities, but simply because we come willing to enter into a listening silence. It is a creation of space, emotionally and spiritually, in our often hectic and hurried world, allowing the Creator of the universe to meet with us as he met Moses, face to face, as a friend.
The focus of the week – Listening to God…