Listen for the whisper

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living©

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. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And 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.
Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
(1 Kings 19:11-13 (NIV))

Elijah knew when God was near. He knew God well enough to know that God was not in the wind, the earthquake, or the fire. He knew that God was in the whisper.

Would we have known this?

In our society, we tend to see big and elaborate productions. We expect to be entertained, even in our churches. We miss the simple truth that God is not calling us to the big and elaborate. He is calling us to the whisper.

God wants us to come to Him in the quiet times when we truly can hear Him and learn. It is the quiet times that we will remember. Can you remember a single time when you learned somethign from the big and elaborate? Chances are you can’t.

God is calling us to Him in the stillness and the quiet. He wants us to know Him, not His miracles and wonders.

Be still, and know that I am God
(Psalms 46:10a(NIV))

Have you heard a whisper lately?

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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