Posted by: Keli | March 25, 2008

The Whisper of God

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In 1st Kings 19, when Elijah was afraid and running for his life from Jezebel, he came to a broom tree and sat down under it. He prayed that he might die. “I have had enough Lord, take my life.” He came to Horeb, the mountain of God, and the Lord spoke to him there. 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. 1 Kings 19:11-13

Can it be that the wind, earthquake and fire are significant events in the lives of believers to let us know the Lord our God is about to speak?

WIND—The wind is the Holy Spirit stirring up the lives of believers and mixing up the parts to become the body. In John 3:8 the wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the spirit. Acts 2 says, “When the day of Pentecost came they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.” The wind is the Holy Spirit putting our lives in order to prepare us to hear the whisper of God.

EARTHQUAKE—The earthquake represents the trials that we as believers go through that shake us to our very foundation. Acts 16:25-26 says, “about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake, that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open and everyone’s chains came loose.” When we are shaken to our very foundation our hearts and minds are opened up and what is truly hidden in our hearts comes out. In Matthew 7:24-25 Jesus tells us how important our foundation is. Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. Our foundation will be tested to see if we are truly rooted in Christ, if not we have no basis to hear the whisper of God.

FIRE—The fire is purification of the body of Christ. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9) A pure heart is one that wholly belongs to Him and waits quietly before Him, ready to receive the whisper of God. …when Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave…

As believers we can stand before God and hear His voice because the blood of Jesus is the cloak that covers our face. …by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. Hebrews 10:14.

Beloved, be encouraged when the wind, earthquakes, and fire come, for the Lord is soon to speak. Wait upon Him expecting to hear His voice, knowing that every word He whispers will be specific. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, “This is the way, walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21

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