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Gentle Whisper

In Soul Food on September 19, 2011 by The Spillover

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. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

-1 Kings 19:11-13

When I read these words, I’m reminded of how vital it is to stay close to God. It doesn’t happen by accident; staying close to God is usually a result of intentional action in our lives.

Like, on Monday mornings. How’s that going for you today?

As for me, I find it easy to focus on all the other things a Monday morning brings. It’s a noisy time. There is a lot to think about, after all. Getting situated for the week at the office. Planning this week’s evenings. Worrying about those issues with my parents, or my siblings, or my friends, and how they may play out this week. And oh yeah, I still have projects around the house that I haven’t finished though they’ve been on a to-do list on my fridge for 2 months (sorry hun).

Monday morning is “planning time”. It’s like the team huddle before the game begins.

But giving all the attention to the details of life is like spending all of our time gathering ingredients for a recipe, without ever cooking the meal. We must bear in mind the purpose of our lives. What’s the ultimate goal?

What’s God doing with us?  What’s He trying to communicate to us?  What’s He saying to us, and how is He saying it?

Sometimes God speaks to us loudly and clearly, grieving our hearts for a cause until we come to tears, or throwing us in the middle of a situation with an obvious purpose for us to carry out. Other times God speaks to us using repetition. The same message will find its way to us several times, from several sources, within a short frame of time. And then there are times when God speaks to us like He did to Elijah in this passage.

Elijah experienced hurricane-force winds, an earthquake, and a great fire while waiting on the Lord, before God’s voice came as a gentle whisper.

In the midst of all the noise of life, sometimes God will speak to us in a gentle whisper.

When you’re in a noisy place and someone speaks to you in a low voice, can you hear what they’re saying while also listening to and looking at all of the other crazy, loud things in the room? Nope.

The only way you can hear what they’re saying is if you’re close to them, intently focused on them, and listening to them at the expense of everything else around you.

Strain to focus on Him; strain to hear each whisper from His mouth. Spite the noisiness. Be still and listen.

He’s talking.

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