11 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. 13 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
This story always moves me. For my readers, I know I have used it before. For all of my new friends on the podcast and the emails, I really wanted to highlight this story so that you can reference it. This is one of those stories you want to truly digest and come back to several times.
If you are not familiar with Elijah, what you need to know is that he was this amazing man of God. He was often so confident in God’s ability that he would flaunt God’s power in front of his enemies. (If you have the chance read 1 Kings 18:25). To give you a little more context, in this verse, we find him hiding in a cave. He was scared for his life and claimed he is alone in a world filled with non-believers.
What I love about these verses is that we learn that God came to Elijah. He wanted to speak to him, personally. We learn that He was not in the wind, He was not in the earthquake, and He was not in the fire. But then came a whisper, and Elijah knew that was Him.
I chose to use this story as a reminder that when we become overstimulated with the news or when fear clouds our judgment, we need to take a second and listen for God because I can promise you he is speaking to each one of us individually.
Maybe it’s too loud in your life right now. What are you allowing to feed your soul? What are you reading, where are you getting your information? Is it fueling your faith or feeding you hear? Today, pay special attention to your habits and routines. The music you listen to. Really, ask yourself… Who has the loudest voice in your life? If it’s not a voice of love, then do what you can to change your situation.
Unfollow that account, stop reading those articles, stop allowing yourself to go down a path of negative self-talk. Start looking for better options in every single area of your life. Commit to changing one thing. If it’s too loud, then you aren’t listening. Remember, he comes to us and speaks in a whisper.
Father, we thank you for having relationships with us. We thank you that even when it seems too loud, you come to use and your whisper in our souls. You tell us exactly what to do and where to go. We thank you, we love you. We continue to pray for love and justice. We pray for the strength and direction in choosing to change one thing today. We ask that you reveal to us what that one thing is. We love you, in your mighty name we pray, Amen!