the Lord was not in the wind
Have you ever wondered or questioned where God is? Where can He be found? Me too. In fact, quite often throughout my life I've asked Him the question, "where are you"? Want to know His most common response to me? Here we go!
"Go out and stand before me on the mountain," the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the LORD passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the LORD was not in the wind."
- 1 Kings 19:11, NLT
I love the story of Elijah in 1 Kings 19, when he was fleeing from Jezebel. There was an imminent threat on his life, literally. "So Jezebel sent this message to Elijah: 'May the gods strike me and even kill me if by this time tomorrow I have not killed you just as you killed them" (1 Kings 19:2, NLT). As a response, Elijah felt an emotion we all do, fear. In considering the concept of "fight, flight, or freeze", Elijah definitely took flight. He fled and found himself in the wilderness; taking a break, he slept under a broom tree. And not once, but twice, an angel of the Lord woke him up; providing him with bread and water. The angel did this because Elijah was told, "Get up and eat some more, or the journey ahead will be too much for you" (1 Kings 19:7, NLT). And so Elijah ate and had the strength to travel for forty days and forty nights, until he arrived to Mount Sinai and came to a cave to rest.
Now I just want to pause for a second and look at what the angel told Elijah, "Get up and eat some more, or the journey ahead will be too much for you." Have you ever tried to conquer a difficult task on an empty stomach? It doesn't make life any easier. And just as Elijah had done, filling up on tangible/real food ... I think filling up on spiritual food for the journey ahead is just as important. Especially when fear is involved.
When fear is the prominent emotion that you’re facing, it can drastically change the way you think and go about life. Elijah, the last living prophet at the time, had good reason to be afraid, however, his fear was so heavily prominent that it clouded the one advantage he had compared to others in the nation … God. While hiding in the cave, God called out and asked an important question, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (1 Kings 19:9). That question, to me, was God’s way of asking “why are you hiding?” The Lord is always our source of strength and protection, Elijah knew that but fear had distracted him from that truth … as it often does for me. So just as Elijah needed reminding of where to find comfort and strength in God, so do I. And it’s often not in a bold gesture … but what? Let’s continue and see how God revealed himself to Elijah in the midst of his fear.
“‘Go out and stand before me on the mountain,’ the LORD told him. And as Elijah stood there, the LORD passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake.’” So, I don’t know about you but often times when fear has overtaken your life, it can feel as though a might windstorm or an earthquake has come through. And just as these bold disasters show up, you expect God to boldly show up as well to begin the healing process. At least for me, I know I’m guilty of that thought process. But similarly to Elijah, God shows up in much more subtle ways to remind us of his strength and comfort.
"And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper."
- 1 Kings 19:12, NLT
“And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper” (1 Kings 19:12, NLT). A gentle whisper, so simple but Elijah knew instantly it was the Lord and he covered his face and walked to the entrance of the cave. He walked out of the cave, where he was hiding because of fear, and came out to meet the Lord because he listened and recognized the power of a gentle whisper.
So often, when fear is crippling us, we hide. I sure do! I run and flea to find some sort of safety, similar to Elijah. But in my running, I often forget where to find God in the midst of my fear. Do you? But when I just pause for a second and work to find a silent moment, I can hear the Lord speak in a gentle whisper. This truth is where I’m reminded that as powerful as God is, He is gentle and intentional. He wants us to listen for those whispers, not always be reminded of His presence by grand bold gestures.
So, what is truth in this message? The truth is that God can calm my fears and yours with a gentle whisper. The key is to quiet your heart and mind long enough to hear Him. And once you hear that whisper, you’ll be reminded that your strength and comfort is found in the Lord.
What is Truth?
God can and does speak in grand/bold gestures, but He often can be found in a gentle whisper
Fear can feel like an overwhelming storm, but God is more than capable to calm the storms of life.
Your strength and comfort comes from God, even if you don't feel that way, that is Gods truth.
Fill up on spiritual food for the road ahead. This type of food will provide you with strength needed to give you endurance for life's trials.
Todays scripture: 1 Kings 19