How do we look for God’s presence in our lives?
In 1 Kings 19, the Lord’s prophet Elijah fled from a group of pagan worshippers that threatened to take his life. He truly was scared so he prayed that God would take his life right then and there rather than be killed by the others (verse 4). But instead, God sent an angel to Elijah with heavenly bread and water to strengthen him for a forty-day journey. After this trek through the desert, Elijah came to a cave. Soon after his arrival, the Lord spoke to him.
“The Lord said, “Go and 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.
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.”
1 Kings 19:11-13
How are we looking for God to reveal Himself to us? If we are looking for thunderstorms that light up the sky or the clock reading 11:11 whenever we have a certain thought, we will be disappointed and never find what we are looking for because we have a God much greater than showings of pure power or coincidence. The One and Only God that created you and me, He speaks by whispers, gentle whispers that come to us most clearly after experiencing the wrath of a storm.
The Lord came in a gentle whisper.
And yet that whisper, even as gentle as it was, was so powerful that Elijah had to wrap his face before going out to meet the one that whispered.