Ears vs. Heart

“And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was a sound of a gentle whisper.”

We can look to the big and extravagant to feel and know where God is leading us but more times than usual God speaks to us in a gentle whisper.

In short, the first half of 1 Kings 19 goes a bit like this. Ahab goes home to his wifey, Jezebel, and tells her about all the things Elijah had done; how the prophets of Baal were destroyed. So we all know Jezebel and how she was a beast and wore the pants in the house. She sends word to Elijah that she will kill him and tear him limb from limb. So being human, Elijah ran for his life and ended up in the wilderness, where he sat under a tree and hit his lowest of lows. Ever have a time where you were so distraught, so upset, that you cried yourself to sleep. I kind of picture Elijah like that.

Long story short, Elijah heads to Mount Sinai and has a conversation with God. He is in desperate need of hearing from Him. There was a mighty windstorm that made rocks tumble- but the Lord was not in the wind. Then there was an earthquake- but the Lord was not in the earthquake. Then there was a fire- but the Lord was not in the fire. Then after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. It was the gentle whisper that got Elijah’s attention and spoke to him. It was after that, that the Lord spoke to Elijah and he knew exactaly what his next move was.

We’re surrounded by a  whirlwind of great big, loud, flashing things. We rush from one event of the day to the next, we’re busy working and doing things for other people. Commercials, billboards, media, technology, family, friends… the list goes on. To an extent, I think we’ve even become uncomfortable with silence, stillness, and quiet. We can worry about loved ones, we can worry about neighbors, and now worry about the world because we have the ability to know what’s happening across the sea in an instant. Sometimes we’re so used to our busy lifestyle that we can expect God to speak to us just like everyone else does these days. Everyone and everything is somehow guiding us to take a certain path but it’s important to know the difference between outside sources and the prompting and deep knowing that comes from Christ, and where He is leading us. This little passage shows me, you, us, the importance of listening to the still, small voice.

You can find yourself looking for guidance from God in the big but have you tried finding him in the small? If we attempt to listen to God and do what He says, He promises not steer us wrong. Sometimes we don’t understand life, why things pan out the way that they do but if you listen to what God says in the stillness, you will have peace. God doesn’t give direction by speaking to our ears but rather to our hearts. Listen to the stillness.

Think about it this way. So many people have your ear but it is only those close to you who have your heart. And those who have your heart, have your trust and love. They have the best intentions and their words hold weight. God wants your heart today.

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