I read an article recently with a great quote about extroverted introverts, “You’re great with people…until you’re not.”
I had to laugh, because as an introvert that is so me. I re-energize by pulling away and being alone. But even more than that, for all of us, we need to pull away and be alone with God.
Jesus did it often.
We need to pull away from the turmoil and listen for the whisper.
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” (Mark 1:35)
Sometimes when we feel that God has gone silent, perhaps it is because we are not in a place to easily hear.
It’s so easy to be consumed in our busyness, and when we are in the middle of a challenge, on the run, in a quandary as to what to do next, THAT is the time to sit and listen.
“Then the Lord said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.’
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“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?” (I Kings 19:11-13)
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If you find yourself today in place where you need to make a decision, in a fierce challenge, or in torment and you feel God is not speaking, it is time to pull away into the silence to hear His whisper.
Jesus is the Word of God. That means, He has something to say. He wants to speak to us today—take time to hear His whisper.