June 10, 2020 –
There are talkers, and there are listeners in this world. The talkers hear nothing; the listeners become skilled at hearing God.
For example, Elijah’s, on Mt. Horeb, was talking to God when God told him to listen. This encounter with God changed the Old Testament prophet’s view of God.
Reeling from his encounter with Jezebel and her threat to kill him for slaying all Baal’s prophets, Elijah fled to Mt. Horeb. It is here that God spoke to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
In his despair, Elijah replied, 10 “I have been very zealous for the Lord God of Hosts, but the Israelites have abandoned Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are looking for me to take my life.”
11 Then He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the Lord’s presence.” At that moment, the Lord passed by. A great and mighty wind was tearing at the mountains and was shattering cliffs 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, there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire, there was a voice, a soft whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.
15 Then the Lord said to him, “Go and return by the way you came to the Wilderness of Damascus. When you arrive, you are to anoint Hazael as king over Aram.”
God continues to speak, and often, it’s a soft whisper. If you’re expecting thunder, you may miss His comforting Word.