During the Lenten season, staff and church leaders will share a daily devotional. Please join us on the journey.
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?”
In our scripture Elijah is looking for God to speak to him. He just killed all the prophets of Jezebel, and made Jezebel pretty angry. So Elijah is running for his life. He runs for 40 days and 40 nights to Horeb (Mount Sinai). And ends up seeking shelter in the cave there.
And Elijah is able to hear God. Loud and clear. But it’s not in the way Elijah expected. God doesn’t speak to Elijah in the wind, earthquake or the fire. (Which is how everyone expected God to speak). But God spoke in a quiet voice that must have caused Elijah to pause and really focus.
Have you ever heard God’s voice loud and clear? No – me either!
In my life, I know that I am constantly waiting to hear that BIG, booming voice of God say “AMANDA!” I’m constantly looking for a sign like an earthquake or a fire. I mean to get through to me it’s got to be big – and it’s got to be spectacular!
For some, I know they hear an audible voice. And oh, I wish I heard God that way, it would be much easier to discern God’s voice. But for me – in order for me to hear God speaking, I must first quiet all the other things going on in life, so that I can hear that quiet whisper.
What in your life distracts you from the quiet whisper of God? And what in your experience happens when you do pause, and still yourself and begin to listen for the whisper?
Like I said, I don’t hear an audible voice, but in my experience God puts a thought in my head that I cannot get rid of. Or God gives me a passion that I cannot shake.
For others, God speaks through friends or mentors when we’re finally willing to hear what they have to say.
And the wonderful thing about this small whisper from God? It is always with us – and guides us in the way we are meant to go, as long as we are willing to listen: 21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21
Prayer: Dear God – help me quiet myself to hear your voice so I might do your will.