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Jun
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Hear His Whisper

1 Kings 19
New International Version (NIV)
Elijah Flees to Horeb

Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2 So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.”
3 Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, 4 while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” 5 Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep.
All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” 6 He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again.
7 The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.” 8 So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. 9 There he went into a cave and spent the night.

The Lord Appears to Elijah
And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
10 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”
11 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. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 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?”
14 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”
15 The Lord said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. 16 Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet. 17 Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu. 18 Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.”

Sometimes God comes to us in the most unexpected of ways.  Take this story from 1 Kings 19 for example.  Elijah is despondent.  Jezebel wants him dead.  His people have turned away from the one true God to worship false idols.  (Notice how the religious rebellion of his people really affects Elijah.  He is heartbroken over the fact that his fellow Israelites have turned away from God.  (Elijah’s love for God is awesome!)  So Elijah goes and hides in a cave on Mt. Horeb, the Mountain of God.  It is here in the cave on the mountain that God comes to Elijah and asks him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (1 Kings 19:9, NIV).  He explains his predicament and the Lord says that He is about to pass by.  Then there are three very powerful natural occurrences that take place:
  • There is a powerful wind that tears the mountains apart – but God was not in the wind
  • There is an earthquake – but God was not in the earthquake
  • There is a rush of fire – but God was not in the fire

Elijah then hears a gentle whisper and he knows that it is God.  God repeats the question to Elijah, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (1 Kings 19:13, NIV).  Elijah once again explains the circumstances that have led him to the mountain of God.  God then tells Elijah what he needs to do in order to fulfill His will for his life.

When we are in the thick of life’s circumstances, we don’t need powerful displays of God’s might.  We need to hear Him whisper to our hearts, “I love you and I care for you.”  We don’t need to see the mountains split or to feel the earth shake or to see a blazing fire.  We need to hear God whisper, “I will always be with you.”  When life is beating us up and our hearts are broken, we don’t need a booming voice from Heaven.  We need a gentle whisper to speak to our souls.  And that is what God does.  He gently reassures us that He is in charge and He has a plan to deliver us from our situation.  God is very powerful and strong.  He can split mountains in two!  But God is also very good and kind.  He knows what we need right when we need it.  Whatever you are going through in your life today, may you hear God whisper to your heart, “I love you and I will deliver you.  Trust in Me.”
PRAYER: Speak to my heart today, O God. Help me to hear Your whisper of love over all of the noise of this world. I need to hear from You. Thank  You for Your love. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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