The Whisperer

“Then He said, "Go out, and stand on the mountain before the LORD." And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces 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 19:11-12

I recall an old television commercial about a women’s perfume that said, “If you want to catch someones attention, whisper.” Even though I knew what the commercial was about I remember stopping what I was doing each time it came on and listening to the voice on the commercial whisper those words. You had to be quiet to hear what was being said. Whispering causes people to lean in as it were. I know this to be true the older I get.

This story in 1 Kings came to mind yesterday afternoon as I was driving home from the church in the midst of a windstorm. I had this thought that I should get out of the right hand lane and into the left land in case a tree fell. No sooner had that thought entered my mind that a large tree snapped in the wind and fell onto the road right next to my vehicle as I passed by. It took a few seconds for it to register but suddenly I recalled I had just thought I needed to get over. Or did I think it at all? Was I thinking to myself or was God whispering to me, protecting of an impending danger? I chose to believe the later as it happened so quickly and what would the odds be of me thinking about a tree falling and then less than 5 seconds later one actually does fall right in my path.

In 1 Kings 19, Elijah had done what the Lord had instructed and he might have thought that for sure God was going to reveal Himself by divine revelation or in some dramatic fashion and yet God was silent. God didn’t speak in the wind or the earthquake or the fire. Yet, even in His perceived silence God was communicating then just as He is today. God speaking in a still small voice, a whisper you might say, was teaching Elijah what He is teaching you and me. Divine silence doesn’t mean God is not actively working on our behalf and not everything God does is with a Big Bang. The bottom line, God is faithful.

Zechariah 4:6 affirms the truth that God most often chooses to speak to us in a softer tone than many imagine the God of creation might, “So he answered and said to me: "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: 'Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' Says the LORD of hosts.” More than signs and wonders God’s primary means of communicating with us is by His Word, His faithful unchanging Word. It’s why spending time alone with God is so important to us. His Word is active, it’s alive. The Bible is unlike any other book because our bible is the only book inspired by God Himself. Men moved by the Spirit of God, penned the Words of God to us.

Be blessed as you open up your bible and listen for the voice of God to instruct and warn, to rebuke and edify, as well as comfort and encourage. Whatever it is we need God will speak to it today. He won’t yell, He’ll whisper, so draw close to God knowing as you do He will draw close to you!

“I rejoice at Your Word like one who finds great spoil”

Psalm 119:162


Michael Osthimer





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