The Still Small Voice and the Distractions of Life [Part 8]

[fa icon="calendar"] October 26, 2016 / by Ray Van Gilst

Psalm 23.jpgWith all the other ways that God speaks, I believe he prefers to speak through the still-small-voice. And do you know why we don’t perceive it? It’s because the only way we can hear that voice is to get still and small. Quite frankly, that’s not something we’re comfortable doing. We don’t like to be still. We like to go, go, go till the tops of our heads blow off. You know how awkward it gets in a church service when everything gets quiet? All of a sudden the worship stops and no one’s saying anything – pause…

Boy that moment turns into an eternity! You feel this edginess: “come on, somebody do something! Somebody say something! Come on somebody do something before God shows up!”

Still and Small

We’re really good at being busy; we’re not really good at being still. We’re not good at being small. But to hear the voice of God, that’s exactly what you’ve got to do. You have to get still and you have to get small.

Psalm 23:1-2 --The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want, He makes me to lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside the still waters.

Psalm 46:10 -- Be still and know that I am God.

We aren’t still, we aren’t small, and as a result we are distracted.

The Billboard and the Pig

One pastor learned a lesson about distraction as he lay in bed one night before he was getting ready to do a day-long seminar. Suddenly he saw a vision of a billboard beside a road. Down on the ground, to the side of the billboard was a little pink pig. He looked at that pig, wondering what on earth it could mean.

Pig, pig, pig. “I know what that is Lord, don’t tell me, don’t tell me. Let’s see, the Bible says you cast out demons and they went into pigs. Lord, are you telling me that tomorrow when I preach, we’re going to have deliverance? That’s it, isn’t it?” Nope.

“OK, I know the Bible says that like a pig, some people return after they were washed and go back in the mud. Lord, are you telling me that even though I teach tomorrow, there’s going to be people that will get clean when they hear the word, but then are going to go back into their dirty stuff, is that it?” Nope.

“OK I can get it. Pig, pig. I know, the Bible says, “Don’t cast your pearls before swine, Lord I shall call off the conference all together.” Nope

He said he went through every pig verse in the Bible trying to interpret this thing and finally ran out of pig verses. And he finally said, “Lord, what does this mean?” And the Lord nudged him, “My child, did you read the billboard?”

“Billboard!? You mean there was a billboard there? Oops. Lord, what did the billboard say?”

You know what it said? Don’t be distracted.

Don’t Be Distracted

You know something? The Lord is speaking to His people on the billboards all the time. But they’re so distracted by the pigs and so caught by the tyranny of the urgent, that they don’t see the obvious things He’s saying every day.

God does speak, now one way, now another, and man may not perceive it. My challenge to you today and in the weeks to come is to awaken you to a faith that God will speak to you, to let that faith give birth to an expectancy that causes you to start looking with an attentive heart so you can begin to see when the Lord is speaking and what He’s saying.

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