Let us be attentive!
We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. Heb 2:1
God speaks. God always likes to communicate with us. When we have attentive ears, we can listen His voice loudly and clearly. Elijah was desperate to know what God’s response for his troubled heart would be (1 Kings 19:10-18). He was zealous for the Lord God Almighty. He could not tolerate people misbehaving to God and God sent prophets. Whilst he was seeking for God’s response, God did not tell him through which means He will speak to him. It was left with Elijah’s responsibility to be attentive and select God’s voice from all the other voices around. Elijah did not hear God in the stormy wind, earthquake or fire, but in a “gentle whisper” or a “still small voice.” The former powerful features would have easily led Elijah to misread as if they were from God. He did not give up and was attentive until He heard God’s voice. Open-handed receptivity; a yearning to hear God.
God will speak. Are we preparing our family members to hear? Are we alerting our children to listen? How often do we ask effective questions such as “what is the invitation in this particular Scripture”? Or perhaps, “in what way is our life changing because we recognized and responded to God’s voice”? God was speaking to Adam and Eve. Until they were listening His voice, they had a wonderful time. The serpent never tolerates with us talking with God. Adam and Eve fell into the serpent’s schematic desire. They started hearing the deceiver’s voice rather than being attentive to the creator’s voice. We must be attentive to where the voice is coming from so that we will not be drifted away. During this period of lent, people either give up various things or self-discipline themselves. Why not we practice being attentive to hear His gentle whisper?