A devotional thought from Jared Wilson for “God Is Not Hiding”
A funny thing happened when my family moved from suburban Nashville to rural Vermont. Nothing. In our previous life, something was always going on. We lived in a culture of hurry and noise. Everything was arranged in our environment for maximum convenience, efficiency, and self-service.
So when we moved to Vermont, where we often have to slow down for tractors or cows crossing the road, our family has had to learn to be still. To enjoy quiet. And not feel like success only comes from busy-ness.
At one point in the back and forth between God and Job, Job says this:
You said, “Listen now, and I will speak. When I question you, you will inform Me” (Job 42:4).
It is very difficult to hear God when we are constantly filing our ears with all sorts of other noises. One of the realities we must contend with as we discuss the concept of general revelation—the biblical idea that God communicates something of Himself and His ways through creation—is that the less of God’s creation we intentionally be quiet within, the harder it may become to hear what God is saying. This is true of receiving God’s special revelation in Bible study, whether it’s done on a mountaintop or in your third-floor apartment in the city. If we don’t pay attention, be quiet, and listen, we may not hear God speak.
Pause and Reflect
• What areas of your personal life and personal walk with God do you need to pay attention to right now? Are there areas that need your help or your repentance that you are avoiding through busy-ness?
• How does the competing noise of the things we create—electronic gadgets, Facebook, video games, television, over-scheduled family calendars—prevent us from joining God’s mission to the lost and hurting around us?