Then he was told, “Go, stand on the mountain at attention before God . God will pass by.” A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before God , but God wasn’t to be found in the wind; after the wind an earthquake, but God wasn’t in the earthquake; and after the earthquake fire, but God wasn’t in the fire; and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper. 1 Kings 19:11-12 MSG
I Kings 19 has been ruminating in my soul the past two days. So often we are standing at attention waiting for God to do something. However, we are looking for the bells and whistles, miracles, signs, and wonders from the Lord. Instead we miss that still small voice, the whisper of His moving.
I am guilty at looking for some dramatic sign to direct me and show me that God is there. I have heard the whisper, but I am looking for a bright neon sign to say “HERE’S YOUR SIGN.” or “DO THIS.” or “DON’T DO THIS.” I find myself much like Elijah hiding in a cave because of some threat when I should be facing it head on because of the mighty things that I have seen God just do.
God’s wind has blown so much off of me. He has shaken my world more than a time or two now. I have been praying for Him to burn up anything in my that is not of Him. Yet with all that He has done to prepare me, I have to quiet myself before Him to hear that still small voice of direction. Those other things may get my attention, they may pull away the things that don’t belong; but God whispers His instruction. He wants me in His presence. He whispers so that I will draw near to Him to listen.