The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Oil

John Koedyker

READ : 1 Kings 19:9-18

The title of today’s meditation is one that most people have heard before. Its meaning is clear: people who complain the most get the most attention. The mouth that is the loudest and produces the most noise seems to attract more listening ears. Our world is a noisy place. We think that by talking louder people will listen to us better. It often seems that way with commercials on television. They seem to be so much louder than the regular programs. Yet, we apparently have gotten used to the noise. Silence almost makes us feel uncomfortable.

A number of years ago workers were constructing a studio for a Christian radio station in Latin America. They had to take special care to soundproof the rooms so that the noise from the busy city streets wasn’t heard on the broadcasts. We need to do something similar to thatby soundproofing our hearts. Elijah finally listened hard enough so he heard the Lord speak to him, but it was not as he expected. God was not in the earthquake, the wind or the fire. He was in the still small voice. Mother Teresa has said, “We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. . . . We need silence to be able to touch souls.” Get away from the noise. Have a time of quietness with the Lord every day. It may surprise you what He will say to guide and help you.


Lord, speak to us with Your still, small voice that we may find strength to live for You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.