We expect God to shout loudly to us in BIG BOX CAR size letters written across the sky…and when he doesn’t, well… we get disappointed.
There are various ways our Papa God can talk to us. He speaks to me through the geese flying in a “V” formation, or in the beautiful blue bird taking care of his family as he flies in and out of his blue bird house. He speaks to me through music, as a melody and sweet words come together in a beautiful refrain. The sun rising up from behind the mountains on hues of pink and peach. The whiperwhil crying out in the night air. Beautiful wildflowers dancing and waving their praise towards heaven. A child’s genuine smile followed by their hug. Through friends, family and loved ones. And “oh friend, through His precious words of life!”
Our lives are busy. Our lives are full. When God speaks to us, can we and do we hear him?
And when our lives are busy and full, sometimes that busyness and fullness can be bombarded with worrisome things in our lives.
Elijah the prophet’s life was busy and full. Elijah challenged the people of Israel, “How long are you going to sit on the fence? If God is the real God, follow him; if it’s Baal, follow him. Make up your minds!” Nobody said a word; nobody made a move.” 1 Kings 18:21 MSG
After this challenge was accepted, verses 22-46 reads like a Hollywood movie in the making! I won’t give it away what happens, I urge you to take the time and read this passage in chapter 18!
“All the people saw it happen and fell on their faces in awed worship, exclaiming, “God is the true God! God is the true God!” (verse 39) What had happened before their eyes that day…God spoke in a mighty and powerful way!
“Ahab reported to Jezebel everything that Elijah had done.” 1 Kings 19:1 MSG
Jezebel was not happy with the events that had taken place that resulted in the 450 prophets of Baal being massacred. She sends a messenger to Elijah that he’s done for! His life proceeds to get even busier and worrisome now, so he runs for dear life.
We can be running for dear life…and in these times when we do, can we hear God?
While running he (Elijah) came to a lone broom bush and collapsed in its shade, wanting in the worst way to be done with it all – to just die: “Enough of this, God! Take my life – I’m ready to join my ancestors in the grave!” Exhausted, he fell asleep under the lone broom bush. 1 Kings 19:4-5 MSG An angel came to him, shook him awake and told him to, “Get up and eat!” Surprised by a loaf of bread and a jug of water placed beside him out of nowhere, he ate and went back to sleep. The angel woke him again and told him he had a long journey ahead of him. Again nourished by a meal from the angel, Elijah sets out on his journey of forty days and nights…”all the way to the mountain of God, to Horeb. When he got there, he crawled into a cave and went to sleep.” (verses 8-9)
“Then the word of God came to him: “So Elijah, what are you doing here?” Elijah’s reply…”I’ve been working my heart out for the God-of-the-Angel-Armies. The people of Israel have abandoned your covenant, destroyed the places of worship, and murdered your prophets. I’m the only one left, and now they’re trying to kill me.”
“Then he was told, “Go, stand on the mountain at attention before God, God will pass by.” (verses 10-11)
If you have ever read this next part of passage in God’s word, no doubt you’ve never forgotten it and…you never will.
“A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before God, but God wasn’t 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.” (verse 12)
…a gentle and quiet whisper.
God spoke to Elijah through a gentle and quiet whisper. He speaks to us this way also, but are our lives filled with our own hurricanes, winds and fires so much so that we can’t hear that gentle and quiet whisper?
“You’re my cave to hide in, my cliff to climb. Be my safe leader, be my true mountain guide. Free me from hidden traps; I want to hide in you. I’ve put my life in your hands. You won’t drop me, you’ll never let me down.” Psalm 31:3-5 MSG
When we hide in God, and put our lives in his hands, we can hear that gentle and quiet whisper….and oh how sweet it is!