I Kings 19:11-12 - The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks 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. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. NIV
In our text today the Lord was trying to get the Prophet Elijah to hear Him. When we think of God we have the tendency to think of Him always in some dynamic and insanely powerful way, but notice what the text says.
There was a great and powerful wind that did a lot of destruction but God was NOT in the wind. There was an earthquake but God was NOT in the earthquake. There was a fire but still no God.
Then came a gentle whisper and God was in the gentle whisper. Can you hear God saying in a very soft tone, "Can You Hear Me Now?"
I mean we have absolute chaos and noise surrounding us?
There is noise from the alarm clock to awake us. There is the noise at home in the morning trying to get the children to eat breakfast, when they don't want to because they are still half a sleep. Then we try to get them out the door to drive them to school or meet the bus.
There is the noise on the radio, noise from the traffic going to work, there is noise at work, and there is noise returning home. There is noise at the children's sporting events. Then when we finally arrive home we turn on the TV at night to unwind and there is more noise.
When you are walking down the street look at the people walking around you. It is amazing how many will be talking on their phones or have their audio headphones in their ears or covering their ears.
Do we need more noise surrounding us?
Proverbs 1:5 says, "A wise man will hear and increase in understanding,..." Are you a wise person? If yes, then you should be hearing the voice of God and the best way to hear God's voice is to read His Word.
In Matt.11:15 and five other places in the Gospels Jesus says, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear." He doesn't say he who has a mouth to speak, let him speak.
Ps.46:10 says, "Be still and know that I am God."
In other words, Be Quiet and Listen to God.
Think on This:
Your ears aren't made to shut, but your mouth is.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God’s Word
Gary A Serago.