Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Are we listening?

Recently I was captivated by the way God speaks to us...
1 Kings 19: 11 - 13
The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.”
   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. 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?”
When I read this passage, it thrilled me to find out that sometimes God uses the most unlikely way to speak to His children. Our God is a powerful, mighty God, He is the God of the universe; we all would expect Him to speak through grand means. I thought He would speak though the fire, earthquake or at least the wind, but He chose to use a whisper. Elijah realized that He can speak through any way, therefore, he was attentive and heard the Lord.
Ever so often in life, I wonder if I was so caught up with hearing God's voice thundering through the sky, that I missed His whispers. We always think God is going to use something great to speak to us, but He is a great God, He is great enough to use the simplest of things to give a great message. What matters is what He wishes to tell us not how He chooses to do so. Remember, God has strange but wonderful ways. Mandisa's song 'God Speaking' reminds us of the strangest yet greatest of things - God being born in a manger!
Lets attentively, like Elijah, keep our ears open in all situations to hear His voice - whether a roaring thunder or a gentle whisper - Are we listening?

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