There is a story about a young boy standing in the British National Museum looking at the picture of Jesus knocking on the door by William Holman Hunt. The painting is entitled “The Light of the World” and is based on Revelation 3:20, “I stand at the door and knock.”
The young boy looked at his father and asked, “Daddy, Why don’t they let him come in?”
The dad paused for a moment and said, “Maybe they are making too much noise inside to hear him knocking.”
I believe it is possible to be making so much noise that we miss the sound of God in our life.
We are told that Elijah once went to cave and was listening close to hear the voice of God.
1 Kings 19:11-13 (NIV) 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. (12) After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. (13) When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
Often the Lord speaks with a quiet steady voice into our lives. The problem can be that we are living a whirlwind and earthquake life and totally missing the whisper of God.
So how might God be speaking to you today? Could it be in the quietness of his written word? Could it be in a conversation with a friend? Could it be in the words of a prayer? Could it be in the words of a song you have playing in the background? How?
Sometimes God grabs us and throws us the right direction with a loud voice of change. Quite often God is nudging us with subtle hints and quiet whispers. The real question is, “Are we listening close enough to hear Him?”