Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great
and unsearchable things you do not know.
I haven’t always been a morning person, but after having three boys, I found it to be the only part of the day granting peaceful silence. I rise before the sun, make my warm, sweet and creamy coffee, and plop myself down on the same end of the couch in our living room every morning. I look forward to this time because I know who’s meeting me there – Jesus.
Most mornings my heart is light and I wait with anticipation to see what the Lord will show me in scripture. I am thankful for all He is doing in my life. Eager to seek His will for my life. Ready to courageously face what Satan throws my way.
But some mornings my heart is heavy and all I can do is sit and hope the presence of the Lord will rinse off the grunge of doubt, fear, or anxiety I have woken up with. I feel defeated. I need encouragement to keep doing what the Lord is calling me to do. I need to hear His voice.
Elijah had a similar experience. He had been very zealous for the Lord, bravely speaking out about God. In response, the Israelites rejected Elijah and the Lord, they tore down altars, and put other prophets to death. Elijah feared his life was in danger so he fled into the wilderness. He, too, was feeling defeated. He needed encouragement to keep doing what the Lord was calling him to do. He needed to hear His voice. While seeking shelter in a cave, that’s exactly what happened.
The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” (I Kings 19:11)
Elijah did as he was told. He waited.
A great and powerful wind tore the mountain apart and shattered the rocks – but the Lord was not in the wind.
An earthquake shook the mountain – but the Lord was not in the earthquake.
A fire blazed after the earthquake – but the Lord was not in the fire.
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.”(v13)
The sovereign voice of the Lord was heard discretely in a whisper. He met Elijah right where he was and He meets us right where we are. He allows us to come to Him when we are discouraged, fearful, defeated. The volume of the chaos of our lives may distract us, but when we are ready to listen, He will gently whisper His guidance.
If you are experiencing defeat or discouragement in your life, ask God to help You hear the whisper. He has a plan for you. He adores you. He will meet you wherever you are.
Lord, Thank you for the wisdom and guidance You whisper into our lives when we get quiet enough to hear You. May we be like Elijah and identify the sound of Your voice among all others