In our walks with the Lord, I find that there isn’t such thing as luck or coincidence, but rather God’s divine fingerprints all around us. Recently this month, I felt it in my heart to open my Bible to 1 Kings, and dive deep into the life of Elijah. Amid my early morning studies of Elijah, I happened to grab a book called Whisper by Mark Batterson while at a regular discount store. I merely picked it because I love Mark Batterson and his writing language & saw it hanging on the edge of the bookshelf before checking out.
Both the stories of Elijah and Mark Batterson’s book graciously talk about hearing the whisper of the Lord. The Holy Spirit is such an awesome teacher, and coaches us in different avenues to try to perk our attention. Clearly, I picked up that He wanted me to better understand the whispers of the Lord & I would love to pass it along to you all for encouragement!
“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. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And 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, NIV).”
Of all possibilities, the Lord chooses a gentle whisper to present Himself to Elijah. Not a great fire, wind, or earthquake, which He has the absolute power to do. But a gentle whisper. As Mark Batterson explains in his book Whisper, when someone speaks to us in a whisper, we must stand very close to understand. Mark’s point is that God whispers so we purposefully have a deep intimacy to stand close to hear the voice of the Lord. The Lord is the Lord of all, and He is omnipresent and omniscient, however He chooses to whisper. So that we must draw near and sit still to hear the frequency of our Father. It requires us to act in obedience of stillness & void of daily distractions and busy to-do lists.
As I was studying Elijah, the Holy Spirit illuminated this phrase “and the word of the Lord came to him” that is repeatedly found in Elijah’s journey as a prophet. We see it when the Lord instructs Elijah to leave & go to the brook (1 Kings 17:2, NIV), when the Lord directs him to go to a widow for food (1 Kings 17:8, NIV), when Lord orders him to tell Ahab what he has done to Naboth (1 Kings 21:17, NIV).
“The word of the Lord came to him.”
Do you believe you have the Word of the Lord? The answer is a mere yes. The Bible is His Word. We may not always audibly hear the voice of the Lord, but in the power of His Word, we will recognize the gentle voice of our Shepard. His Word is already written out for us; poured out onto paper and the Holy Spirit will help bring it to life.
Through our willingness to sit close with Him & know His Word intimately, we will be able to fine-tune to hear the whispering voice of the Lord amid the static of our lives.
With all my heart,
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