"....Your children shall be like olive plants all around your table." Psalm 128:3

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A Still Small Voice

With all of the news about recent wild fires, severe storms, drought, and 100 + degree temps, I have often heard the comment, "Maybe the Lord is trying get someone's attention."  Or, "Maybe the Lord is trying to tell us something."

And I wonder..does it take a raging wild fire to get someone's attention?

Does He need to use severe drought conditions to speak to us?

In the book of 1 Kings chapter 19, we find Elijah  the prophet, in a cave, apparently pouting about the fact that  he was the "only fruitful one left of the children of Israel"  (v. 10 and 14).

Verses 11-12 tell us that the Lord sent some natural catastrophes Elijah's way to get his attention:

1. a great and strong wind

2. an earthquake

3. a fire

But look closely at the end of each phrase; the Lord was not "in" any of those things, was He? And none of those things brought Elijah out of the cave.

The end of verse 12 tells us that after all those things, what??  ".. a still small voice."

In verse 13, we are told that Elijah heard that still small voice, and "he went out, and stood at the entrance to the cave." So it was the gracious voice of the Lord that brought him out.

George Williams comments, "Had Elijah's  heart not been occupied with  self, he would have learned that tempests, earthquakes, and fires cannot accomplish what the gentle voice of love can."

It shouldn't take a natural disaster to get our attention. We should always be sensitive the still, small voice of the Lord...walking in close fellowship with Him.

"The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty." - Psalm 29:4

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