As an avid outdoorsman, I learned long ago that deer love quiet places. Tromping noisily through the fields, talking loudly to your buddies, gains a hunter nothing. The deer are gone before you’re within a quarter mile of them. But sit quetly on a hidden stand until dusk, scarcely moving, barely even clearing your throat, and you’ll enjoy watching them move like wraiths from the forests into the open fields.
And in that respect the Holy Spirit is like a deer. He loves silence, for His voice, rather than roaring like thunder, a raging fire, or a ripping wind, makes a still, small sound. (1 Kings 19:11-12)
The Christmas Story includes a chapter about shepherds and angels. Luke 2 says they were “Keeping watch over their flocks (of sheep) by night when the glory of the Lord shone around them and the angel of the Lord stood before them.” (Luke 2:8-9)
In those days they had no boomboxes, iPads, or smartphones. On their nightly watch stations, those sheperds sat alone with their thoughts.
And God appeared.
Do you need to hear The Lord’s voice today? Do you wonder why so few people have dramatically supernatural experiences, such as seeing angels? It’s because we live in a noisy, cluttered world. It’s not that God’s not speaking. We just can’t hear Him above the din.
Sometimes we don’t know which way to turn; we don’t know what to do. In times like those, we need a Silent Night. We need a Holy Night wherein we wait quietly for the angels drift out of the shadows with a message from God.
But His voice will not rattle the rafters. It’ll come as a still, small impression from deep within. For the Lord, like a deer, loves the peaceful places. We hear Him most clearly when we turn off the Tube, iTunes, and the Car Radio, and listen to the still small Voice within.