A Still Small Voice
Our text for this week is taken from 1 Kings 19:11-12. 19:11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: 19:12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
Elijah had just won a great victory between his God and the phony god of Baal. 450 false prophets where defeated during a showdown that took place on Mt. Carmel and then after all this great victory, he goes running into the wilderness and starts feeling sorry for himself and feeling scared because the wife of king Ahab threatened to kill him and he even gets to the place where he asks God to kill him. He was scared and troubled. But God came to him during his time of trouble and fear to speak to him. The voice of God was not heard in the wind nor the earthquake nor the fire but in the calm of quietness and serenity. This calmed his soul. Notice verses 18-21. Elijah not only was calmed but found Elisha, that became a great friend that ministered to him.
Many times we think that God will speak to us in some kind of fireworks show but in reality if you want to hear him, many times it will be in the quietness of our alone time with God and his Word.————– That’s when he will speak to us.
As the holidays approach we start planning to spend time with friends, neighbors, family, and even co-workers. It gives us a sense security and great contentment to be near our loved ones.
Along the same line of thinking it is good to know that on the days that we are not surrounded by others that Jesus is always near and wants to have fellowship with us.
As a Christian it is good to know that even when I’m alone, Jesus is always near and it is a precious time with just me and him.
Never take these times for granted, and plan these times. It is during these times one can find peace and contentment, not in parties and great celebrations, not in the hustle of shopping and festivities, but in the “still small voice of God.”
Plan the holidays with others, but don’t forget to plan the holidays with the ———-“still small voice.”——–He’ll be waiting to hear from you.