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. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.
1 Kings 19:11-12 (NIV)
Read: 1 Kings 19:1-18
Consider: We all have a tendency to expect to see God in the big and powerful things. We are taught that we serve a mighty God, so we naturally expect God to get through to us in ways that break through the clamour of the world. But does it have to be loud and brash?
The incident recorded in 1 Kings 19 is one where the prophet Elijah was fleeing from Jezebel, who had sworn to kill him. Elijah was downcast and feeling sorry for himself, so much so that we are told: Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. ‘I have had enough, Lord,’ he said. ‘Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors’ (1 Kings 19:3-4). At this point Elijah needed God to encourage him in a way that would demonstrate that the God whom he served was more powerful than Jezebel.
God could have chosen to show Elijah how powerful he was in any number of ways. He could have revealed himself in the ‘… great and powerful wind …’ But he didn’t! He could have revealed himself in the ‘earthquake’, or even the ‘fire’. Yet he didn’t! What was God thinking? Surely the wind, earthquake or fire would have convinced Elijah that he was dealing with a mighty God and this would have given him confidence to go back and face Jezebel.
God, however, chose to reveal himself in the ‘… gentle whisper’ (1 Kings 19:12).
Are you prepared to allow God to cut through all the noise and turmoil of life and to whisper gently to your soul?
Pray: Father, may the working of your Holy Spirit in our hearts, create an atmosphere of peace and quiet where we can discern your gentle whispering, guiding us through life. Amen
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