Bridge Church - Clarksville, Tennessee

Have you ever been in a chapter of life when God was silent?

And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”  1 Kings 19:9b-11a

Elijah wanted to hear God’s voice.  He needed direction.  He was scared.  He was running.  He had given up.  If God wanted him to continue to be a prophet for Him, Elijah needed direction!

God finally spoke…and it was a question!  It wasn’t what he wanted, bu’t it was something.

Elijah reminded God that he had done everything He have asked of him and more.  It had cost him everything.  Elijah wanted to hear God explain Himself and tell him what was next.

But before God would give Elijah the direction he wanted, He would give something greater…His presence.

We want direction but we need presence.

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire.  1 Kings 19:11b-12a

We make assumptions about how God works…and how His voice sounds.  We assume, because He is all powerful, that he stomps around, shouting and screaming.  But most of the time, He doesn’t.

And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”  
1 Kings 19:12b-14

So why does God whisper?

Screaming means there is a distance.  An inability to speak in a normal tone.
Screaming means there is a distraction.  Someone is not paying attention.
Screaming indicates there is a directive.  There is no intention of a creating a discussion or dialogue.

Instead, God chooses to whisper.  Why?

Whispering indicates there is a relationship.  No one whispers to a stranger.  That’s just weird.
Whispering indicates concern.  Not only is someone known, but someone actually cares.
Whispering indicates a closeness.  Whispering is for people who are willing to draw near and get close.

God desires a close relationship with us and genuinely cares for us.  If we are walking with Him, all He needs to do is whisper.

Sometimes the most courageous thing you can do is wait for God to speak

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