God's Gentle Whisper

1 Kings 19

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.

For the past year, I have been reading through Karen Kingsbury's books. As I finished one the other night, she referenced this passage. I've read and reread it many times over the past week.

How many times in our lives, do we expect to see God's answer as a huge event such as wind...or earthquake...or fire? After all, he is GOD...he can do those things if he wanted to. But here Elijah received his answer from God not in the fire, not in the wind, and not in the earthquake...but in a gentle whisper.

Do I listen closely enough to God to hear his gentle whisper? Do I stop talking long enough to hear him? I wonder if he sent the fire, earthquake, and wind first to get Elijah's attention? How many times does he put things in our lives to catch our attention...so we will hear his gentle, loving voice?

Praying today that we will be still and hear his gentle whisper in each of our lives.


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