Tuesday, August 31, 2010

2nd of Two: Lessons from Elijah

Last Friday I wrote a post on Lessons from Elijah...today I want to pick up where I left off (if you missed last Friday's post, scroll down).  First, read (or re-read) 1 Kings 19.  Now that you've done that, let's pick up with part II.  Last week I wrote about the rest that God granted Elijah.  Today I want to write about another key in this story;

11 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.

Imagine being Elijah and having God tell you that "the LORD is about to pass by."  Stop and think for a minute, how would you react or what you be feeling if God told you that He was about to visit you?  Me?  I can imagine that a surge of adrenalin and emotion would hit me; equal parts fear and anticipation.  I'd be expecting God to show up in an awesome (lit. "awe-inspiring") way.  I'd be expecting to be un-done by His holiness and majesty, or be overcome by His beauty or overwhelmed by His sheer size or His power.  Once the wind kicked up, I'd be positive something was about to happen...but no.  But then an earthquake, and surely God must be in that, but no.  Finally a whisper.

Is the ambient noise level in your life such that you can hear the whispers of God?

It is often said that "God is a gentleman; He never yells."  Now between you and me, I don't know about that statement and whether it measures up with God's revelation in Scripture; however, I do know that there are many, many examples of God speaking to man and quite often, it is through a whisper.  Occasionally, when He's really trying to get our attention, He has to force us to stop our activity in order to hear Him.

This begs the question, "is the ambient noise level in your life such that you can hear the whispers of God?"

I have a new baby...our first.  I've heard it said that there is no bigger life-change one goes through than having your first child.  Life will never be the same.  The ambient noise level in our home has gone up, while the energy levels of Mom and Dad have gone down.  It is a constant struggle to find times of rest and quiet.  It is a season of life we're in.  But still...I can listen for God in the spaces between the activities...I can look for God in new ways...I can still listen.

God still speaks...quite often, He whispers.  Do you hear Him?

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