As I type this, the smooth jams of a “lo-fi study beats” playlist from Spotify are pulsating through my noise-canceling headphones. I have no idea what’s going on in the rest of my house. Plates could be crashing, children fighting, Netflix blaring, and I would have no idea.

I’ve tuned it all out on purpose though. I need to focus.

Do you need to focus?

Our always-connected technological culture makes it easier than ever to get distracted and stay distracted, whether we want to or not.

In 1 Kings 19, Elijah was desperate to hear God’s voice. He was depressed, suicidal, and running for his life. Maybe you can relate. So how did God get his attention? Not in the way we often expect. 

1 Kings 19:11-12 says, “And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper.”

Since we tend to be so bad at listening, we often want God to do something HUGE and LOUD to get our attention. Although God will at times speak through life’s earthquakes and fires, He typically speaks through “the sound of a low whisper.”

Whispering is one of the most intimate methods of communication because it requires proximity. You have to be close and listening intently to hear the whisper.

In John 10, Jesus mentions over and over that His sheep hear His voice. However, for us to hear His voice, we need to tune out the distractions and really listen.

What do you need to tune out so you can tune into His voice?

Are you waiting on God to do something big and flashy and overlooking His small whispers?

If you’re not hearing God’s voice, it’s not because He is silent; it’s because you’re too loud. 

Focus.