Attuning to God in Silence

Elijah and the raven bringing food - Julia Raketic/

Often within the Gospels, we see Jesus withdrawing from a crowd to be alone with God. Early in his public ministry, he’s clearly ready to turn out to be well-known: “all spoke properly of him” (Luke 4:22); “they had been astounded at his educating” (4:32); “All within the crowd had been making an attempt to the touch him.” (6:19) But Jesus eschews the temptation to trip the favor of the crowds, maybe already sensing that demagogues may simply flip them in opposition to him. As an alternative, he turns to prayer to be able to attune himself to the voice of the Father.

Jesus’ discernment is very similar to that of Elijah within the First E-book of Kings:

Now there was a terrific wind, so sturdy that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in items earlier than the LORD, however the LORD was not within the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, however the LORD was not within the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fireplace, however the LORD was not within the hearth; and after the fireplace a sound of sheer silence. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood on the entrance of the cave. (19:11–13)

Not like many who search God in huge earth-shattering acts (what insurers wish to name, infelicitously, “acts of God”), Elijah is aware of that the Lord is to be present in whispers.

Each Jesus and Elijah rigorously discern God’s voice after a time away within the wilderness. They study to display out the noise of the world to be able to attune themselves to God’s presence within the silence. The fruit of their discernment—of attuning themselves to the silent voice of God—is a distaste for reward, honor, and the calls for of the bulk. Their perspective is like that of Jeremiah, who can cry out that the Lord’s phrase is “like a burning hearth / shut up in my bones” (Jeremiah 20:9) All of them—Elijah, Jeremiah, and Jesus—settle for that attunement to the voice of God is each troublesome and expensive, at the same time as it’s irresistible. It pulls them away from the crowds and into direct encounter with the Divine.

Our prayer at this time is to turn out to be ever extra drawn to God in silence, to show away from the noise of the world—particularly as mediated via our screens. Allow us to discover time to withdraw and to pay attention, even when household calls for or the summons of these we serve make such moments fleeting and uncommon. “Search the LORD whereas he could also be discovered, / name upon him whereas he’s close to.” (Isaiah 55:6)

Picture: Elijah and the Raven Bringing Meals by Julia Raketic/

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