Listen to Hear God's Whisper
1 Kings 19:8-13
Verse 13 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?”
Have you ever felt like you were alone, facing a battle alone? Yesterday we talked about a young boy who was close to God and so could hear His voice for the first time. Today we will look at a man who you would think was as close to God as a person could get. He had been a prophet for some time and had seen God move in major ways like the contest on Mt. Carmel and the rain to end the three year drought. Yet here he is, having journeyed for forty days and forty nights to get to Mt. Sinai, moping on the mountain of God, hiding in a cave.
When God asked Elijah what he was doing he fills God in on how deserted he feels. Did God already know what Elijah was up against? Of course! God knows He has to reset Elijah’s focus. Elijah was focused on those around him and what danger he was facing, but God wants him to listen. And to listen we need to be quiet. God calls Elijah to come and stand before Him on the mountain.
When Moses had stood on this mountain he was asking for God to promise that he wouldn’t be left alone to lead the people. God said that He would reveal Himself to Moses but that no one can see His face and live so He tucked Moses into the crevice of the rock and held His hand over Moses until He had passed so that Moses could look at the back of Him (Exodus 33:12-23). God deals with Elijah in a slightly different way as He asks him to come out of the cave. Don’t you love how God speaks to us in the way that will make the biggest impact on us?
God called him out of the cave. This was God calling him near and then God passed by. After God passes by things start to happen. A very strong wind, an earthquake and fire. But God wasn’t in any of them. And then God speaks. In a gentle whisper. And what is Elijah’s response? He covers his face and gets into the mouth of the cave. And what is it that God says in this whisper? The same thing He had asked Elijah at the beginning of the exchange, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” Elijah needed to know that God hadn’t forgotten him and then He reminds Elijah that this mountain wasn’t where he was supposed to be. Elijah had listened to the whisper but he needed to obey. So do we.
Making It Personal
Have you come near to God or has He had to come to you? Have you stilled yourself enough to listen to His voice? Are you ready to obey what He is telling you to do?
Making It Personal Kids
Time for a song! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYcKQWiqlb4 What are the different ways God speaks? Are you listening for Him?
Father, thank You for wanting to talk to us. Give us the desire to be near to hear Your voice and help us remember to be quiet so we can hear You. In Jesus’ name, amen.