2013-06-22 - The Whisper of God
In 1 Kings 19, we find the story of Elijah's encounter with God. Elijah had fled from King Ahab of Israel, after Ahab had killed all the prophets except Elijah. Jezebel, Ahab's wife, then threatened Elijah by telling him he would be dead within 24 hours. Elijah ran for his life to Mount Horeb, which is called the "mountain of God."
At Mount Horeb, Elijah encountered God. 1 Kings 19:9 says, "The word of the Lord came to him: 'What are you doing here, Elijah?'' (NIV) God told Elijah to go stand by the mountain, and God would pass by him. Elijah did as he was told and, in quick succession, a great wind, an earthquake, and a fire occurred. The text says that "God was not in them." Then came a "gentle whisper." God's presence came to Elijah, not in a loud commotion, but instead in a "gentle whisper." God gave Elijah instructions on what he was to do, to finish his mission to the people of Israel.
Today, we often long to hear from God, and sometimes we expect something dramatic and flashy. Like Elijah, we face struggles and challenges in life. How do we encounter God today? We have the written Word. We also have the Holy Spirit, which Jesus promised to send to us, and we can talk to God through prayer. The answers we seek might not come to us in a loud commotion, but instead in a "gentle whisper." Are we willing to be still and quiet, and listen for the whispers of God?
Richard Moser, Jr