Picture this: you’ve just gotten home and settled into your favorite chair. On the table next to the chair is a bottle of water, a bowl of popcorn and a book you’ve been trying to read for quite some time. Just as you’re about to start reading your phone rings. You look at it but don’t recognize the number. You decide not to answer it and continue enjoying your evening. For the next few nights the same number calls your phone at the same exact time each night. Finally after a week you become frustrated and decide to answer the phone. It’s at that time you realize the person that’s been calling you is an old friend you haven’t spoken to in a very long time. While your on the phone catching up with what’s been going on in your life you start to remember how a year or six months ago this number showed up on your cell phone and you start feeling sad about how much time you’ve missed with your friend.
Now imagine how God feels? Revelation 3:20 says “Behold I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him and will sup with him and he with me”. God created us to be in communication with Him. His desire is for us to speak to Him as a friend, a brother, a sister, a mother, a father. Yes He is our Lord and Savior but He’s also the only one we can tell all of our problems, our fears, our feelings and He won’t laugh, criticize, or judge. So why is it so difficult for us to talk to Him? Even as I write this I realize I miss the early morning talks God and I used to have. We used to meet every morning and talk about my day. He would give me guidance and I would feel refreshed ready to take on my day. But since we haven’t talked I’ve been more tired, cranky and I’ve started complaining again. I’d like to say that He’s the one who stopped communication but that’s not true.
So often we over complicate communication with God. We think everything has to be perfect (guilty). God is not looking for us to be perfect and the place you speak to Him doesn’t have to be perfect either. We think unless we have a hug list of people to pray for He doesn’t want to hear from us (guilty). While it’s important to pray for others He’s also concerned about your needs. We think He only speaks to us in a loud, commanding voice (guilty). Yes we hear God speaking during the big events in our life but stop and think about when you feel the closest to Him. It’s usually in the midst of a storm when you feel a sense of peace and calm.
Elijah was in the midst of a storm in I Kings 19. He’d just run away from Jezebel and he was hiding in a cave in the woods and all he wanted was to talk to God. A strong wind came, an earthquake came, and a fire came however Elijah didn’t hear from God until a small still voice came after the fire. God wasn’t in the noise and the destruction-He was in the calm, the stillness and the peace. Here’s the thing, Elijah trusted the closeness of His relationship with God to know when God was speaking to him. Why? Because he spoke to God on a consistent basis. That’s what God wanted in Elijah’s time and that’s what He wants now. I for one don’t want to miss out on hearing God’s voice because I’m focused on the wrong thing.
So what about you? Are you going to answer the next time God calls or reject the call because you don’t recognize the number?