>> Saturday, May 24, 2008

Teens yelled to one another across the room. The teacher stood quietly in the front of the disrespectful class for a few minutes and not getting their attention, she did something that caught them off guard. She whispered. Immediately the room quieted.

What is it about a whisper that is so powerful? The world is very noisy. One would think a whisper would get swallowed up in the hustle and bustle but instead, it draws our attention. It draws us in. It beckons us to tune in to what is being said. Remember Elijah in 1 Kings? He turned tail and ran when he heard what happened to the other prophets. They were murdered. I can't blame him. I would have ran too, I'm sure.

When God asked him what he was doing, he said in 1 Kings 19:10 "I've been working my heart out for the God-of-the-Angel-Armies. The people of Israel have abandoned your covenant, destroyed the places of worship, and murdered your prophets. I'm the only one left, and now they're trying to kill me."

This is what God told him to do:

"Go, stand on the mountain at attention before God. God will pass by."
A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and
shattered the rocks before God, but God wasn't to be found in the wind;

after the wind an earthquake, but God wasn't in the earthquake;

and after the earthquake fire, but God wasn't in the fire;

and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper.

When Elijah heard the quiet voice, he muffled his face with his great cloak, went to the mouth of the cave, and stood there. A quiet voice asked, "So Elijah, now tell me, what are you doing here?"

God had Elijah's attention after He whispered to him. What is God whispering to you right now? Shhhh... Wait... Listen... What is He saying?

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