Elijah stood on the mountain waiting for God’s presence to pass by and he learned that…
God was not in the great and powerful wind that tore the mountain apart and shattered the rocks…
God was not in the earthquake that shook the earth and made everything crumble underneath him…
God was not in the mighty fire that was blazing fiercely around him…
God’s presence was not in any of those mighty, powerful things.
Instead His presence was found in a gentle whisper.
A whisper that was barely audible to the human ear.
[1 Kings 19:9-18]
And often times I wonder… why would an Almighty God choose to speak in such an unusual way? In a mere whisper?
And that’s when I realized…
To hear a whisper you need to shut out the noise of the world…
To hear a whisper you need to draw in close and focus on listening to the one who is speaking…
To hear a whisper you must be still…
And I think that’s why often times God chooses to speak not in a loud, magnificent, and noticeable way.
He speaks in a whisper because He desires for you to draw near to Him. He wants you to shut out the voices of the world around you (including your own voice) and be prepared to hear His voice.
He wants you to stop being restless and sit still before Him in His sweet presence.
He wants to speak to you intimately.
He wants to speak to you the way that you would talk to your closest friend.
I don’t quite comprehend why…
Why the creator of the galaxies has an interest in me.
Why He desires a relationship with me. I am such an insignificant human being.
But for some reason He cares about me and he cares about you.
For some reason He cares enough to number the hairs on my head. (Luke 12:7)
For some reason He counts my tears. (Psalm 56:8)
For some reason He gave up His one and only son to die for me. To die for you…
All so that He can have a relationship with you and I.
I think that’s pretty significant.
I don’t know about you but I want to draw near to Him.
I want to turn down the volume of the world and spend time listening to the voice of the One who thinks I’m worth dying for.
I want to spend my life getting to know the One who gives my life meaning and purpose.
And one day when I meet Him face to face in Heaven… I want to be running into the arms of my best friend… the arms of someone I knew intimately… the arms of someone that meant more than the world to me.
I want to know God.
Waiting for you to take a moment and draw near to Him.
Waiting for you to take a moment to hear His gentle whisper.
James 4:8 “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.”
Be blessed! –Anna… ♥
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