I was reading in 1 Kings chapter 19 this week about how Elijah ran from King Ahab, who vowed to kill Elijah. In his flight, he grew weary and discouraged. Elijah sat down under a broom tree and prayed that he might die. He was ready to give up, but not into the hands of his enemy.
Though I am weary, He restoreth my soul.
As he slept under that broom tree, an angel came and told him to get up and eat. Elijah looked around, and beside his head was fresh-baked bread and a pitcher of water. After eating and drinking, he lay down and slept again.
I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.
The angel of the Lord appeared again and told him to get up and eat some more because he had a long journey ahead. So, Elijah ate and drank again, and he had strength for the long 40-day travel to the Mountain of God (Mount Sinai). Elijah found a cave and settled there for the night. The Lord asked Elijah what he was doing there.
The Lord asks, not because He doesn’t know, but because we don’t know.
Elijah went into a long tirade about how God’s people, Israel, had broken every covenant with God, torn down His alters, and killed every prophet of the Lord. Elijah was the only remaining prophet, and now they were trying to kill him, too.
We expect God to get our attention in bold ways, such as by a mighty windstorm, an earthquake, or a fire. We look for Him in the big things.
But, He often takes us to a place of solitude, a place where we humbly wait for Him, a place where we watch and wait quietly.
…there was the sound of a gentle whisper.
The literal translation of the original text is actually that it was quieter than a whisper. One version (the NRSV) put it in this perspective:
a sound of sheer silence.
That’s when Elijah heard the Lord. In sheer silence.
In our lives of all the rush of activities, the constant ding of phone notifications, our incessant busyness, the clamor, amidst all of that, we cannot hear God.
We must take ourselves to the mountain top. The Mountain of God is a place we personally meet Him and wait for Him. If we will go there and
We can hear Him in the sound of sheer silence.
I pray you begin each day in your Mountain of God place. In sheer silence. We need to hear Him to know what He has for us every day.
With the content smile on your face, after hearing His gentle whisper, let us Praise Him for another Spectacular Sunday. Because it is.
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