“Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, 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 a still small voice. So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?””
I Kings 19:11-13 NKJV
When we think of the power of God manifested in the lives of people, we have a tendency to think of the huge, massive and often explosive miracles that move mountains. We think that all the loud noise and stirred up dust shows the true power of the Lord.
Even when we consider the things that God does in the lives of believers, we gravitate toward big miracles and signs and wonders, which more often than not, are not of God, but smoke and mirrors, and sadly a fraud of the evil one.
As I read I Kings this morning, I saw another example of a man, empowered by God, who failed when he no longer considered all God could do. Elijah had defeated all the prophets of Baal and turned the heart of the people back to God. It was a huge, visible move of the Lord. He was victorious! One little message from Jezebel and off he ran.
God met Him at mount Horeb, the sacred mount where God previously showed the children of Israel His power.
“Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink.” And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.”
Exodus 17:6 NKJV
In that place of miracles, God showed Elijah the power he expected. He passed by the mountain and a strong wind tore at the rock, but He was not there. The place shook with an earthquake, but the Lord was not there either. Then fire engulfed, and still the Lord was not in the fire. All these powerful manifestations, and the Lord was not in any of them.
In the quiet after all these things, Elijah heard the still, small voice. The gentle whisper of his God.
There have been times in my life when I wanted God to deliver me from the clutches of those who have been used to do the bidding of the evil one. In those moments of trial, I desired to see a great work, a majestic miracle, where I could know for certain that God was near.
What I have gotten, time and time again, is that still small voice, that whisper from the heart of God that makes all the difference and helps me to endure. He has given us His word in book form, inspired by God and enduring. In its reading, I know that I have shelter in the storm.
Much is happening in our world today, and so much of it is scary. We see all these things we thought were afar off, coming to pass, and we find ourselves wondering “what next?” We have the assurance the we have a Savior in Jesus who is our what’s next, and is also our eternity.
Through Jesus, we have access to a great salvation and a promise that He will never leave us or forsake us. I think of the disciples on their boat in a storm, having that sinking feeling, as Jesus lay sleeping. They woke Him up and what did he do?
“Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.”
Mark 4:39 NKJV
I like to think Jesus whispered.
We are living in noisy times right now and it can be difficult to hear that still small voice, but God has given those who are of the born again, His Holy Spirit, the Helper, to guide us. Through Him, we can hear the pleadings of the Lord and can rest in the assurances. We know that He is for us.
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
Romans 8:31 NKJV
In the perilous times ahead, we will need to hear those whispers, as there will much to cause us to fear. We have great advantage over Elijah, as we have the canon of Scripture, tons of worship music, and church fellowship to help us in these times. We have God the Holy Spirit in us. We are surrounded by His still small voice, and can be reassured as to His love for us.
In those dark moments, let us remember this:
“As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:36-39 NKJV
Open your ears today, and your heart, that you be able to hear the still small voice of the Lord.
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