Elijah, prophet and speaker for God, had just come from the mountain top – literally and figuratively. He had defeated the prophets of Baal in a dramatic display of fire and power on the Mount of Carmel. A declaration of God and His true power was on display for all of Israel to see. In the next chapter we find our prophet, not on the moutnian top reveling in the victory, but in the valley. Under a tree. Depressed and sad. Feeling alone.
He thought he had found God, there on the mouton top.
Kings 19:9 – 12
Then the word of the Lord came to him, and He said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God of Hosts, but the Israelites have abandoned Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are looking for me to take my life.”
Then He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the Lord’s presence.”
At that moment, the Lord passed by. A great and mighty wind was tearing at the mountains and was shattering cliffs 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 there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was a voice, a soft whisper.
Our God isn’t in the wind.
Our God isn’t in thunder and lightening.
Our God isn’t found in the majestic, but the mundane. The ordinary. The simple things. A whisper.
Our God chooses to speak to us, not in flashes of light and thunder but in whispers. Soft. Gentle. Inviting us in. With a whisper, He calls for us to draw near. He invites us to form a relationship and lean into Him. TO hear a whisper, we need to lean close. And we don’t just lean close to anyone.
God showed Elijah, and us, He is found in the everyday ordinary. He is found in the commonplace because He is a God who desires a relationship. A relationship is ordinary, but with our Lord, can be extraordinary.
When you are alone, sad, or depressed, remember…..He is inviting you to lean in and hear His voice. He isn’t shouting. He is whispering.
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