The Gentle Whisper
Often we long to hear the voice of God or get some direction for our lives. However, we seem to rarely take the time to listen, or more importantly, hear Him speak to us. This can be due to a number of reasons, but mostly because we don't recognize His voice or the methods that He uses to communicate with us. Have you ever tried to talk to your spouse, friend or relative when they were busy doing something else? My wife says this happens to her all the time! :)
If this has happened to you; fighting to get someone's attention, then you have an idea of what God deals with everyday. He longs to speak to us, but we rarely give Him any time, and when we do, we tell Him all of our problems, say "Amen" and go about our business. Isn't a conversation suppose to go both ways? Well, with this in mind, let me share this brief message with you.
Brother Elijah had just had a bad ending to a great event in his life. He had just gotten rid of all of the prophets of Baal, when Jezebel threatened to kill him. For some reason, he panicked, got depressed and ran away to hide in a cave. The Lord came to speak with him in the following passage from I Kings 19:11-13:
" 'Go out and stand before me on the mountain', the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah HEARD IT, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And a voice said, 'What are you doing here, Elijah?' ". (New Living Translation - NLT)
Notice how the Lord was not in all the things preceding the "gentle whisper"? Many times when He speaks to us, He speaks in this manner. We're so busy looking for the "larger-than-life" stuff that we miss Him. He speaks in the quiet recesses of our hearts. He speaks through our children and spouses. If we'd only take the time to listen. Now, when God asks a question, He is not looking for an answer. He is trying to get us to realize something. He asked Elijah, "What are you doing here?". In other words, "how did you get to this point and place in your life that you are so discouraged and depressed?". "What happened to you"?. Is God asking some of us this same question? If you're seeking answers from the Lord, wait for the "gentle whisper". It can come in many different forms, but the result is the same.
A fresh, renewing, quiet word to our soul that chases away all of our fears. Whether it's a walk in the park, working in the garden, mowing the lawn, washing dishes or clothes, reading a book, praying, or however you choose to be alone with the Lord, find a quiet place ("cave"), so that He can speak to you what He's been saying all along.
Willie Jefferson, 5/9/97
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