“Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice,” 1 Kings 19:11-12.
With all of the myriad of voices in the world around us, how do you know which ones are true, and which ones are not?
With the media all around us, and in every corner that we see, these voices vie for our attention constantly. They bombard us with their opinions, and supposed facts. Our friends may well tell us things that may at times, seem factual and true, but how can we know for certain?
Some look for the most recent headlines on the internet, looking for the newest development, or tasty morsel of information. The pictures and the story lines may all seem right at first, and many seem to swallow the story.
But how many of us actually have eyes in our heads?
How many of us decide to not take the bait, or swallow the pill?
We are told that we are to have the mind of Christ, and that same mind and spirit, is within us. But do we just read the words of this portion of scripture, and then walk away forgetting the truth of it all?
How many of us are swayed by the wind and the currents of the conversations that go on all around us?
Do we truly lack that much discernment that we can’t tell when something is true or not?
Don’t be afraid to question what you read of see, even when it comes from those who are your friends. Don’t be afraid to go against the tide of what many may consider to be true about a person or even an issue that some are passionate about.
Learn to listen to that still small voice that is within you. If you haven’t heard it lately, then perhaps the clamor of those around you has begun to drown it out.
Trust that the Shepherd of your soul will instruct you and guide you into all truth.
Seek Him above all else, and lean not unto your own understanding. Sometimes logic and reason falls short of hearing and knowing the truth.
The prophet Elijah ran after his ordeal with the false prophets of Baal. He had defeated them utterly through the miraculous power of God’s spirit. But he feared for his life because of Jezebel. And as he ran and finally came to the cave in the wilderness, he listened to the voice of the wind, and the earthquake, and the fire, but God’s voice was not in them.
There in the midst of the clamor and the voices around him, he found that still small voice, and knew that it was true.
Dear people, don’t look for the voices that may speak so loudly and so passionately around you, for the truth may well be misguided. Dig deep within, and rekindle your spiritual eyes and ears, so that you can hear and see when most are blind around you.
And then perhaps your spiritual muscles will have strengthened, and clarity will finally come to your ears. Then perhaps when others talk and speak of things that don’t seem right, you’ll know, because you’ve spent time with the Master.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?