The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” — Exodus 33:14
Silence is a way to hear God’s voice but sadly our world is filled by noise. The noise or constant distractions and busyness is what I struggle with often.
I need to be aware of the “noise” that is pulling me away from God. 1 Kings 19:1-13 is about an encounter of the prophet Elijah with God. Elijah knew that God was not in the loud noises but in the quite whisper. Silence provides an opportunity to tune out the distracting world around us and focus on God. I know it so well yet I fail to live it daily. I even failed to submit this devotional on time because I was sucked in by this “noise”.
Last summer my Small Group studied "The Screwtape Letters" by C.S. Lewis. The Letters are written by a senior demon named Screwtape to his nephew, Wormwood, a younger and less experienced demon, charged with guiding a man toward Satan and away from God. It is about the eternal struggle between the forces of good and evil. It has been eye-opening for me to look at myself and my daily life through the lens of a devil, how pleased he must be at times. According to the book, “the greater the noise in our life, the more Satan is pleased. Our minds, when completely inundated with the things of this world, will eventually conform to it. We can renew our minds each day through God’s Word. Then, we will be acting under the influence of the Spirit. We will be able to determine what is right and act upon it. By renewing our minds, we will not be drawn into worldly pleasures that distract us from God’s will for our lives.”
God, turning my heart and mind to You at this moment, may Your name be lifted high, Jesus. May Your name be honored, God. And I commit everything that I am to You and I reach toward You. It is my relationship with You that I need the most in my life. It is in You that I find peace and hope. Amen.
About Zuzana Steen
Zuzana is a Czech American married to Joe and mom to Pavel and Milan. In between work and volunteering, she likes to spend time in nature being active or just sitting quietly.