- As we begin the journey that is 2020, I am taking some liberty with the vision idea and that in this New Year we use all of our senses to experience God’s presence. Today we listen for God.
Did you know that normal hearing ranges from 0 to 20 dB in all frequencies? I didn’t but recently someone told me this. Another person told me there is a specific frequency that heals (certain sounds at this frequency can calm the body and allow the healing process to happen).
As I thought about those two statements, I thought about our senses and God. Too often we cannot hear God’s voice because we are focused on the wrong decibels or frequencies.
I know every sound in my house. Every single one. I can tell if something is wrong by listening. I can hear the refrigerator making its strange whine, or the water as it flows through the pipes. I know if it is a normal sound or a problem. This was quite helpful one night when a pipe was leaking and I caught it before total calamity in the basement.
And this type of attention to sound is important – we should be aware of our surroundings and hear all sorts of things. But the most important is to focus on God’s voice, which in my opinion, is not the same decibel or frequency that we normally listen for.
1 Kings 19:11-13
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. 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?”
Notice how God’s voice was not in any of the loud noises, rather the still gentle whisper. It takes special effort to listen to the whispers – especially when the loud is so prevalent in society. Yet we can listen for God’s voice – we just need to relax, focus and tune out all the other noises we hear. Then we can hear God.
As you journey through this New Year, stop and listen for God’s voice.