16.9.19

The still small voice

"And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks 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." - 1 Kings 19:10,11

The Still Small Voice:

God was in the still small voice.

In my travels I have encountered worship styles that are so varied. Lately I have been thinking of the loud nature of much worship in contemporary churches (both preaching and song). Whilst not being opposed to this style I have found that at times it has been draining. It may be my inner introvert or it may simply just be that the season of loud is over for me at this time. Either way it seems that my heart yearns for the calm, the gentle, the peaceful. It reminds me of verses in Kings that speak of Elijah seeking God.

In summary:
The winds came.
God was not in that wind.
The earth shook.
God was not in that shaking.
The fire came.
God was not in that fire.
God was in the still small voice.

Some additional thoughts:

The point of God speaking in the still small voice was to show Elijah that the work of God doesn't always have to be dramatic or loud. It is also of note seeming silence from God does not necessarily mean divine inactivity. Something we all should take heed of. There is further more a parallel here to the voice of judgement and the voice of grace. Judgement can be loud and frightening while Grace is often a gentle whisper. Elijah's experience was such a long time ago, but today we can also be assured God is still speaking. This largely happens through scriptures and things that line up with scripture. How God speaks to us is perhaps less important than if and what God speaks to us. The beautiful thing is God still speaks. Let us truly listen to his voice.


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