A Soft Whisper

A great and mighty wind was tearing at the mountains and was shattering cliffs 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 there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was a voice, a soft whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. 1 Kings 19:11b-13a CSB

If God would speak directly to you, how would He do it?

1 Kings 19 gave a vivid portrait of what personal interaction with God could look like.

In my mind this wouldn’t seem odd for the Creator to speak in a grand gesture of weather related phenomenon. These disaster-like happenings mirror the big and powerful nature of our Lord.

Yet, God spoke in a whisper AND Elijah recognized the whisper. Isn’t it fascinating for all the amazing natural happenings around him, Elijah clearly and correctly identifies the soft voice of the Lord?

How did he do that? More importantly, how can we do the same?

Circumstances like Elijah’s are common to us as well. We are also prone to multiple choices catching our attention. The risk of missing the soft sound of our Creator with an untrained ear is reality. The goal is to know Him intimately so we won’t be fooled.

Jesus gave another example of this in John 10:3-5 when he told of sheep only following the voice of their Shepherd because the animals had a prior connection to him. A stranger would not be able to call the flock away because he was unknown.

Relationship matters.

So if we want to hear the whisper of intimacy above the din, we must spend time creating an intimate bond with our God.

What steps will you take in the coming week to do so?


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