We tend to think if it is not loud or flashy or colorful that it is not God.
We want God to give us neon signs and big directional arrows. And usually that is not how He words.
Because He will not push or coerce or force us to follow Him. He will not yell commands like a drill sergeant.
Read 1 Kings 19:11-12. We are just like Elijah – we expect a grand display. We think God has to bring noise (wind), motion/emotion (earthquake), and drama (fire).
But notice in these verses that “God was not in” any of these displays. He was not speaking or comforting or guiding out of the dramatic, noisy, disturbing, chaotic, emotional things.
God spoke and comforted Elijah in a STILL, SMALL WHISPER. Something so soft and tender Elijah had to LEAN IN CLOSE to hear God. Something Elijah had to STOP SPEAKING (aka complaining) to hear. Something Elijah had to STOP STRIVING to focus on and change directions.
God purposely whispers in our chaos and plans so we have to CHOOSE TO STOP and seek Him. Sometimes He is outright silent – because we are too stubborn to obey (aka we think we are smarter than He is and can figure it out on our own). He needs us to work through our flesh until we are willing to let Him transform us.
We cannot be transformed (into the person He created us to be, full of Christ) until we stop conforming (doing things the world’s way and thinking we know what is best).
So how hard are you working?
What big sign are you looking for?
You won’t hear His loving whisper if you continue this way.
Today is a great day to choose to stop … and listen.
Marie Fremin. 2/27/19 and 3/16/19