Good Evening to All!
How good are your spiritual ears? Does the Lord have to come in an earthquake for you to hear Him, or do you listen for His "still, small voice"? How well do you listen?
I have to say, I chose this picture because of the caption: "Sometimes it is the softness of a whisper that is needed the most".
And he (the angel of the LORD) 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:
(12) And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fir4e: and after the fire a still small voice.
(13) And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?
(14) and he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts; because the children of Israel have forsaken they covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain they prophets with they sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
1 Kings 19:11-14 KJV
Even though Elijah was a great prophet of God, we find him hiding in a cave in fear of his life. Since the Israelites had killed all the other prophets, he just knew he would be next.
God asked Elijah one simple question. "What are you doing here?" Elijah never answered. He just started nervously blurting about everything that was going on, (like God didn't know already), as well as giving himself credit for working for God ( which brings to my remembrance a verse about "not boasting , as well as one about not seeking recognition while on this earth for doing God's work, (but that's another post). This leads me to believe that Elijah didn't really "hear" God's question.
We are all so busy running around doing "God's work" that we forget to allow God to be part of it. We forget to ask what HE wants us to do and HOW He wants us to do it. Oh, Sometimes we pray about it, for a few minutes, but then we don't stay still and quiet long enough to hear His answer. I guess we figure He's going to "hit us like a ton of bricks" with the answer, or shout as us in an audible voice. Now I'm not going to say it can't or won't happen, because God can do anything He wants to do, but anytime I have ever received an answer to my prayers, it has been in a subtle gesture, or still small voice in my spirit.
Remember, God created us and He will never leave us alone. Don't let your circumstances get the best of you causing you to hide your faith and do nothing. Don't let the things in your life dictate your actions especially about going to God for Help. He should be the first one you contact, then listen for the still small voice in YOUR spirit. I promise it will come.
God's voice calmed Elijah and He will calm you as well in your trials if you will let Him. Then after you've calmed down, like Elijah, return to your "Father's Business".
Good Night to All and May God Bless!