Have you been tuning into the hustle and bustle, or have you been seeking His still small voice to shake your bones?
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. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. (1 Kings 19)
"listen to Me"
Elijah was there, he was hiding, and he was waiting. Outside the cave, there were all kinds of activity going on--wind, earthquake, and fire. God had once before shown Himself in all these things for Israel. By an east wind, He blew on the Red Sea and parted it, allowing Israel to escape Pharaoh's army. When God came to Sinai to give Moses the law, the mountain trembled at His Presence. God had led the Israelites in the wilderness by a pillar of fire. He had even answered Elijah's prayers a few weeks before by sending fire from heaven to consume the sacrifice and the altar, and to turn the people's hearts back to Him.
Now, surely God could deliver Elijah by any of these ways. However, God wasn't in any of this busy activity. Often we look for God to move and deliver us the way He has done for someone else. We love the fire of the Holy Spirit. We tremble at His Presence. We rejoice to feel His wind on our faces. However, we must be content to let our God answer us in the way He chooses, knowing that His ways are better than our own.
Sometimes God speaks when and where we least expect it. Elijah probably expected God in the wind, earthquake, and fire, but God wasn't in those heart-pounding experiences. Instead God spoke in a gentle whisper, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" - just a quiet question that cut Elijah to the bone.
God is a God of surprises. But if we expect to hear the gentle whisper of God, we must be silent. We must quiet our lives, our voices, and our thoughts so that we can hear. Often our inability to hear God is not about God's failure to speak but our failure to listen.
God has shown Himself in all of these things we forget to listen to.
God's voice, often a whisper, but always full of truth. (click to tweet)
I wonder how many times I have missed the whisper, or mistaken the thunder. I wonder how often in my life I was supposed to jump and move, but I didn't listen. I wonder how often I forgot to even simply be ready to listen. How often did I get off track?
Far too often we cannot hear God's gentle whisper because we allow the noise of our surroundings to silence any possibility of recognizing His voice. There are so many voices calling out to us, but can assure you that we will never regret silencing the world to hear His whisper. In the midst of a series of riotous distractions, God's whisper still reigns. (click to tweet)
You need to get uncomfortable and you need to get distraction free.
God always comes through, His voice is always calling out, and it's time we tune in.
Don't always wait for the burning bush, or the parting of water. Don't sit in the thunder, and don't hide in the cave. It's time to seek His calling and His voice. It's time we release the hold the world has on us, and allow His voice to shake our bones.