I Kings 19: 11-13 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?“
You know how much harder you have to listen to someone that is soft spoken? I think that is why God is oftentimes soft spoken- so that we have to listen harder to hear His voice and when we listen harder, we tend to hear more clearly what is being said.
This is a repeat of something I wrote about a while back but it’s back in the forefront of my mind today so here it is again. The Lord loves us so, so much and what do you want more when you love someone than to have good and honest and loving and gentle conversation with them- even if the subject matter is not gentle?! Nothing. We want to be with and feel connected to those we love. The Lord longs for us to know His voice, to listen to Him, to know that He’s listening to us. He is a disciplinarian, for sure, and He takes our sin seriously but even that is because He loves us.
Let us love Him with our whole hearts. And when we do, we will love each other in ways that are gentle, kind, forgiving, and healing. If we know how deeply we are loved in the midst of our sin state, our patience with others and our treatment of others transforms from harsh to healing.
And when He speaks, we will hear him and perhaps one life will be changed for eternity. Please watch the video below. And as this man, who died and came back to live tells the story that so many others have done in the same circumstance, do not be fooled that “God loves us all and so we all end up in heaven” false theology that is condemning so many to an eternity of darkness. Soak that part in as well. And know how blessed you are to have your salvation.
May the Lord reveal His love to us today, His patient, gentle, continual, unfailing love. And may we be forever changed.
Takeaway: It is crucial, sometimes for another person’s eternity, that we learn the Lord’s voice and always keep an ear out for Him to be speaking. And when we hear that still, small voice, may we heed its instruction and guidance regardless of how unlikely the thing is that He has spoken. If it’s His voice, the instruction will be rooted in love.
Prayer: Dear Lord, teach me Your voice and develop my ear that I will hear You when You speak to me. It may be critical to the life of another that I have ears to hear You. I want to know You more.
A man is raised from the dead because a Christian heard that still, small voice and obeyed.