I recently began reading a new devotional book each day. The book is divided into different topics each month, and each day has scripture to read along with a passage that helps apply the scripture to your life. I started in the middle of the month so I didn’t go back to see what the topic for the month of November was. When I began the devotion I noticed that each day provided scripture and encouragement about waiting on the Lord and listening to hear His voice. At first I thought it was a coincidence that each day focused on knowing the Lord’s will for your life and how to listen for His guidance. I decided to go back to the beginning of the month to see what the theme for November was. The theme for November is “Journey to Mount Horeb” and the key verse is Isaiah 30:21, “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” The theme Journey to Mount Horeb refers to Elijah and his journey to hear God’s voice and direction in his life. At this point, Elijah is feeling alone and scared and in 1 Kings 19:4 he even says “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life”. Elijah traveled to the top of Mount Horeb to be alone with God. When he reached the top of the mountain the Lord told him to “Stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” A mighty wind passed by first, but the Lord was not in the wind. An earthquake followed the wind, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. Finally, a gentle whisper came. The Lord spoke to Elijah through a gentle whisper and gave him specific direction and a plan for his life. One of my greatest struggles is hearing the Lord speak. I struggle with being still and purposely seeking his voice. I think we have to take the time and make the effort to put our selves in a place where we can hear what the Lord wants to tell us. Elijah traveled for forty days and nights to reach Mount Horeb. There are several days where spending a few minutes in prayer or reading my devotional is all I do. I know that I need to devote more time to reading God’s word and spending time in prayer. The Lord was able to speak to Elijah through a gentle whisper, but I often think he would have to use a powerful wind or earthquake or fire to get my attention.
I am reminded that the Lord is in control and His plan for us is much greater than we can imagine. I don’t think that it is a coincidence that the current theme in my devotional involves listening for the Lord’s voice and knowing His will for our lives. The Lord knows that I struggle with this and need daily encouragement. The challange for me is to make more of an effort to be in a place spiritually that I can hear the Lord when He is speaking to me. God knows what He is doing, even in the small things in our lives.