Spiritual Practice


David McCoy

Silence is weird. I avoid silence by putting on music, texting a friend, or pulling up Angry Birds. Sitting still and doing nothing is not only unproductive, it’s strange. But God doesn’t choose to speak to us through loud sources all the time. God told the prophet Elijah to stand on a mountain and to wait for God to pass by. Soon a strong wind broke through the rocks, an earthquake shook the land where he stood, and fire blazed before his eyes. Sounds like God’s voice, right? But God wasn’t in the earthquake, the wind, or the fire. After all these dramatic events was “a sound of sheer silence” (1 Kings 19:12, NRSV) and a small voice. God’s voice was in the quiet.Discover God’s voice in the quiet in

Discover God’s voice in the quiet in 1 Kings 19:11–13.

Often we get distracted by the loud things in our lives. They aren’t necessarily bad, but they can prevent us from hearing God’s voice. I’ve found that nighttime is the best time for me to relax with God. Reading through God’s word and talking and listening to God gets me fired up with God’s Spirit for the next day.


TRY IT: Take time to put God first in your day. Keep the conversation going throughout the day. Then meet God again in the quiet of the evening. Spending quality time in God’s presence will leave you feeling refreshed, alive, more in love with God, and focused on living for God’s kingdom.

—from devozine (May/June 2012). Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved.

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