Aug 18, 2020
“…but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper.”
~1 Kings 19:11b-12~
Wind, earthquakes, and fire. We have all three in Northern California. All three can create quite a stir and generate a big voice widely expressed. All three attract attention and all three can be so impersonal, creating some level of anxiety with what the results of their presence will be.
God was not in the wind or the earthquake or the fire when He wanted to speak with Elijah. Elijah was feeling alone, exhausted, defeated, and discouraged. God met Him in that place. He spoke in a low, gentle whisper. Why a whisper?
We look for the powerful, which might be found in the unexpected quiet. We expect God to show up in big ways, but sometimes He is very present in the small things that could easily go unnoticed and unheard.
A whisper is intimate and personal. It was a gentle, low whisper.
To hear it we must be quieted, in body and spirit and mind.
Even big noises need not distract the intimate whisper of God. Even loud voices creating anxiety can be quieted when we lean in to the heart of God.
Sometimes God does speak through the wind, the earthquake, the fire, and other dynamics of creation. His earthquake and wind and fire voices are loud and distinct. Maybe sometimes we need that strong voice. But His whisper is closer and personal.
Some might say that to hear his voice, we can just read His written Word out loud, with a quiet voice. To hear His quieter voice we need to lean in, fine tune the frequency, and listen actively and well. Maybe that’s the point.
Gina Bennett says (Aug 19, 2020):
Yes, the still small voice has been whispering to me at night. "This is the way, walk in it." Jim and I are eager to get over to Weaverville to worship with you in person, and 7 a.m. Thursday prayer? Wow! we will have to stop being retired! ;-) I ask for prayer for our move, that Roman will be able to find us a house that I am not allergic to, that we can afford, that meets our needs and will glorify God. We think we've found one at Trinity Center, and our in the process. A Praise is that we have our pre-approval letter from our Mortgage Lender! Thanks be to God!