Sometimes God Speaks in a Still Small Voice – Are You Listening?

I’ve said one of the enjoyable things about the bike tours is visiting new churches. I like dropping into the middle of a sermon series. I’m forced to listen carefully for a theme or key idea I can take away.

Last Sunday our friends Matt and Amy Switzer invited us to speak to two groups at their church. In worship the series was Relationships and the topic was The Still, Small Voice of God.

The pastor talked about 1 Kings 19:10-19. Basically, Elijah is running for his life and hiding in a cave. God comes to him and asks, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

After Elijah explains his plight, God says (verses 11-12), “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.

There’s a lot to this story. Here’s what I’d like to share.

God spoke in a still, small voice. We want big, momentous, proclamations, but God wasn’t in the wind, the earthquake, or the fire.

Will I stop talking long enough to hear what God is saying when He speaks in a quiet whisper?

God spoke. I spend a lot of time wondering what God wants of me in this or that particular situation. More and more I think this is a smokescreen.

There are plenty of times when I absolutely know what God wants. Love my neighbor; feed the poor; help those who are lost and hurting.

When I hear God’s voice, will I respond?

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