1 Samuel 3:3-4
“And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep; That the LORD called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I.”
I was sitting in the Shreveport airport early one morning having a difficult time trying to read the Scriptures. Sitting about thirty feet from me was a man who was watching a movie on a digital device, and the volume was so loud that it was as if he was sitting next to me. The airport speakers were blaring the news from the televisions. I began to look around as people were waiting for their flight, and the noise was so loud it seemed as if one person was trying to be louder than the other.
As I sat quietly in my seat, it hit me why so many people in society have a hard time finding God. The reason is because they have so much noise going on in their lives that there is no quiet time for God to speak. We are such a noise-filled society that most people get uncomfortable when everything is completely silent. It is no wonder that so many people are irritated in life because they always have to have noise to make them fill comfortable. If you don’t believe me, walk down a busy street sometime and look at how many people have a listening device in their ears. Sadly, God is nowhere to be found in the lives of most people today.
Samuel learned something very early in his life that Believers need to get back to if they want God to speak to them. It says in the verses above that Samuel was laid down to sleep when God spoke to him. Hold it! Did you see what I am talking about? There was no noise going on at the time; it was just a quiet time when God spoke to him. It was the quiet time when God’s voice was able to be heard.
You will never know the voice of God in your life if you can’t learn to have quiet time in your life. God more often than not speaks in the still and quiet time than He does when the volume of the world is turned up. Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God…” You may recall that God was able to reveal Himself to Jacob after he removed the noise of family and servants from his life. It was in the quiet of the desert that Moses had the burning bush experience. It was after all the noise was gone when Elijah heard the “still small voice.” Maybe the greatest illustration of God speaking in the quiet time is in the holy of holies. When the tabernacle was built, there was no noise in the holy of holies, and I believe that is one reason why God’s presence was so thick.
My friend, if you are going to hear the voice of God in your life, you are going to have to turn the volume of the world off and spend quiet time with God. Too many people get anxious when times are quiet, but maybe they are uncomfortable because in the quiet time they see who they really are. It is in the quiet time when the Holy Spirit can truly reveal the heart of an individual to themselves. It is in the quiet time when God has the opportunity to speak to the Believer.
Let me ask you, when is the last time you turned everything off and spent time with God? You will never hear the clear voice of God in your life with the volume of the world turned up. You must purposely turn down the volume of the world and spend quiet time with God if you want to hear His voice so you will know what to do. Let me encourage you to be quiet and listen to God. You will find that it will be in the quiet time when God speaks the loudest in your life.