Stop talking

Devos from mom

September 26, 2015

I’m inexperienced in being told to stop talking. From the time I was little I’ve heard it in one way or another.

Shut up! It’s time to go honey. Shhhh! You interrupted me! Ok…I gotta let you go….. “hint hint” And my favorite… well I could talk all day BUT

Like I said, “I been told to stop talking in many different ways. For someone to just say, “Stop Talking” was a new one for me. My baby sister and I have lived far away from each other for many years. To start with I’m 15 years older than her and I left home when she was only 3. I soon moved across the country while she was still young.

After she grew up she lived on the East Coast while I lived on the West. Then I moved overseas and we never seemed to be home at the same time. A couple years ago with a newly empty nest my husband and I took a trip to Boston to visit her and her family.

We were there a whole week and all we did was talk. When we were in the car we talked. When we were shopping we talked. When she was at work we were right there with her and we talked.

One day we went to the mall and decided to get our nails done. Today as I write this I can’t even remember if anyone else came in or out while we were there because we were talking the whole time. I even forgot where we were or whether or not the content of our conversation should have been public knowledge or not. I guess I figured as fast as we talk most people don’t understand us anyway.

All of the sudden a broken English voice grew louder breaking its way into our conversation with a profound, “STOP TALKING”. Stop talking and you, “pointing at my sister” you come with me. We stopped, looked around the room, and quickly were drawn back to reality. We looked at the nail technician and the three of us started laughing. She said, “You talk later, she needs to come with me”. As my sister walked across the room we just kept on talking, but this time we had our eyes open to the world around us.

Until the nail tech had broken into our conversation we had forgotten where we were or that any one was around. We were in another world.

How hard is it for God to get your attention? Are you so engaged in other things you miss his presents? STOP TALKING he’s calling you.

1 Kings 19:10 And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

10 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”

1. I have worked very hard for you and evil has destroyed everything good and is now ready to kill me. Elijah felt all alone in his word. Are you so busy doing everything you can to stay alive you forget to listen to him?

1 Kings 19:11 11 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.

Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

2. We are so caught up in the noise of our own self-help sometimes. Is God with his still small gentle whisper asking us to STOP TALKING?

1 Kings 19:14 14 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”

3. There we go again pouring it all out, At least were talking to him now. He is listening. Tell him your fears and concerns.

1 Kings 19:15 15 The Lord said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. 16 Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet. 17 Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu. 18 Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel — all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.”

4. As a parent, wife, friend, co-worker or a daughter I feel I have to be in control of everything. As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized God has called me to appoint others to go out to fight as well. It’s not my place to be alone doing it all. It is my responsibility to stop talk, open my eyes and see what he has prepared around me. Make to list of people:

a. Meditate on the people around me that are working. Those who are around you fighting the good fight.

b. Who are you mentoring around you? Those who are ready to be called to battle.

When we all work together we have power in numbers and we can lay hands on those who are working to direct their efforts., These people may be the very ones called to more than we could ever do These people will do more for God and the furthering the Gospel than we ever imagined.

1 Kings 19:19–21 19 So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him. 20 Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. “Let me kiss my father and mother goodbye,” he said, “and then I will come with you.”

“Go back,” Elijah replied. “What have I done to you?”

21 So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his servant.

5. Maybe you have been called. The cloak dropped on your shoulders. Get up stopping talking about what needs to be done and take action. As you read through this what things big or small have come to mind? Stop talking and Go!

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