Sometimes we don’t hear YHVH because we don’t know how to accept silence or stillness. Sometimes it’s denial or other reasons but if we learn to be silent and be still we can hear His voice. It may not be loud or coming through a trumpet, it might be like the tinkling sound of brass. Small. Whispers. It might not be a sound at all, just a feeling inside of us.
There’s a lot of truth in that statement. “Be still, and know that I am God; I WILL be exalted among the nations, I WILL be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10. I love this verse, I can see where it is talking to us as individuals saying listen up all you people because even if you don’t I will be known and heard among all people so don’t wait till then it just might be too late. (Dee Ann)
He will get through to us, somehow, and we probably won’t like it! I have lots of experience with this. I know now that silence is present because He’s trying to talk to me and wants me to tune into His voice. I had this friend just a few nights ago that is seeking a way to hear Him. I told her that she’s at a place now where she has so little to distract her that it’s making her uncomfortable and she probably can’t hear Him because she’s trying to find a distraction. We need to be open and willing but He gives us a chance to Hear Him on our own and we have to learn how and what capacity we can Hear Him in and once we do then we’re thinking, how could I NOT hear Him talking to me…I quite enjoy stillness and silence myself because I know the opposite can be much worse, anxiety and rattled thoughts, hopeless feelings. I know in the silence He’s always there.
Sometimes its uncomfortable to hear what He has to say, usually when He is trying to tell us to get some sin out of our life! You are so right we do often try and find ways to tune it out if its uncomfortable. Kinda like the dog in the movie Up ‘squirrel’. I hope you watched the movie! We might not be as bad as the poor dog but we do have our own ‘triggers’ that keeps us from truly hearing Him. I also had a lot of experience not listening I joke I can still feel the hammer marks on my head from all that pounding He gave me. Now I much like the silence, not just in my own mind but around me I like the stillness within that only He can provide. (Dee Ann)
Another verse that dives into truth on stillness is: “Stand STILL and see the salvation of YHWH who is with me.” Exodus 14:13.
Often we get impatient waiting but it’s in those times we are being transformed, learning to trust, to wait to be STILL and watch Him work His wonders! It’s part of removing the defilement often times. Not only in our own lives but in those around us. He is faithful and certainly doesn’t need our help. We have to move aside sometimes and watch the Holy One work out His plans and purposes. What a beautiful thing! I never want to be in a position that I’m not on my face, humble, seeking and waiting on Him! It’s in these times I am closest to Him. Doesn’t it seem that way? (Stephanie B.)
“I only want to go lower” is something I penned last summer, it means, I always want to be at His feet, I want to be continuously reminded of our great ‘I AM’ and that He is in control my life. It is in these times that the small silent and quiet times are so illuminating for many of us…though some are afraid of them…if people only knew what it all really means.
I am reminded of the song “You Raise Me Up” even though Josh Groban wrote it for his grandmother, that song was so meaningful and so empowering because as YHVH is raising us up, we should never be far from the ground, never lower, we should desire to be lower in order to be Higher.