The Still Small Voice.
1 Kings 19:12. “And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.”
The NASB translates this as “a sound of a gentle blowing”. This is quite descriptive of, perhaps, only a gentle whisper. Elijah the prophet is running for his life from Jezebel the queen who served Baal. She was out to get him, this prophet of God! He was after all the game changer. He seemed to have legitimate reasons to be on the run.
He desperately moves along from one location to another. He is sustained and fed by an angel at the point of collapse. He eventually enters a cave and hears the word of the Lord asking him, “What doest thou here, Elijah?” He is then told to stand on the mountain where he witnesses a strong wind which rends the mountains and breaks them in pieces. He then witnesses an earthquake, and then a fire.
But the Lord was not in any of these. He was to be heard as the Still Small Voice, in the gentle whisper – like the sound of a gentle breeze.
What are we running from? And toward what are we running in life, especially at this time of year? Furthermore, what “possesses” us to be on the run?
Is this how we live for the most part – in reactionary fight or flight mode? Will it take a physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual collapse in the midst of all this, in order to stop long enough to connect with the Still Small Voice, the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit.
Elijah needed to get back on track and complete his mission. But he was on the run, reacting in a natural fashion rather than the supernatural fashion of harmonizing with that Still Small Voice. Certainly that is understandable. We commiserate with him on so many levels.
Yet instead of what would Elijah do, we must ask, what would Jesus Christ do? That will be explored in an upcoming section.
We may need to hear the Lord asking us as He did Elijah, What are you doing here, in this moment, in this space, in this state of mind?
When was the last time I stopped running long enough to listen to that Still Small Voice? Might it be time to distance myself from all this craziness, so I can tune in… take a retreat, carve out a little sacred solitude and silence, before I “cave” in? Is it time to stop the whirlwind and disembark?
When was the last time I went into the silence of a “cave” – a deep and quiet place – in order to be invited to a mountain top experience?