30 Nov In The Quiet
1 Kings 19:11-12
‘Then He said “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold the Lord passed by, and a great strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire, and after the fire a still small voice.’
In chapter 19 in I Kings we see Elijah running from a wicked woman named Jezebel who was trying to kill him. So he ran into the wilderness and into a cave to hide. Here an angel of the Lord came to him and gave him food and water. After he ate the Lord directed him to go and stand on a mountain. Here Elijah was shown four things; 1. A hurricane, 2. An earthquake, 3. Fire and 4. A still small voice. The Lord in this passage of Scripture was trying to show Elijah that He doesn’t come in a big introduction with a loud BANG. He wanted to show Elijah that He comes in a still small voice. Elijah was having a hard time of hearing the Lord. He was too busy focusing on saving his life. He wasn’t being obedient to God.
I have had difficulties with this myself. See we allow our minds to get so carried away with the things that are going on around us that we miss that still small voice that is trying to speaking to us. Then we get so frustrated with ourselves and God because we can’t hear Him. Hearing that still small voice takes practice and patience.
In Psalm 46:10 it says:
“Be still and know that I am God”. To be able to clearly hear God we need to remove distractions, find a quiet place and just be still. This isn’t an easy task but the more you do it the easier it will get.