When you need direction from God, wouldn’t it be helpful to get some type of huge announcement or spectacular display so there’s no doubt what God wants you to do? How about an audible voice like that of Morgan Freeman, an enormous billboard, or the heat of a burning bush? We watch and wait for an extraordinary sign that will announce His will, but God is often found not in the extraordinary, but in the ordinary.
In 1 Kings 19, Elija is in quite a mess after proving Baal was not the mighty god that many prophets claimed. His life has been threatened. He is feeling very alone and possibly sunk into a deep depression due to the circumstances. Elijah truly needed a sign from God.
Verses 11-12 say, “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.”
When Elijah needed to hear God’s voice, there were massive events that Elijah probably assumed would lead to hearing from God. But even when God wasn’t in any of those moments, Elijah had enough faith to keep waiting. Eventually he heard not a loud booming voice, but instead, the still small voice of God.
When someone whispers, we have a tendency to pay closer attention. I know my eighth grade students all strain to hear every word if someone in the room is whispering. As I get older, I have discovered that I must focus even more to hear a whisper. If only we strived that intently every day to hear God’s still small voice.
So why would God speak to us in such a quiet voice? Maybe His desire is simply that we draw near to Him. Stop looking for a huge announcement. Slow down, tune out all the distractions, and just focus on what He has to say. If we truly want to hear God’s voice, we need to purposely go to a quiet place and listen closely for that still small voice.
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