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?" - 1Kings 19:12-13 NIV
A few days ago, I published a blog post titled "I Appreciate You". The main purpose of the post was to solicit input about the blog and invite suggestions on how to make it better. Did I receive some feedback! I want to thank all the brothers that reached out to me via text, telephone and the posting of comments. I truly appreciate you and the compassion that you extended to me. The overwhelming feedback from the majority of the brothers centered around listening to God for guidance and doing His will, which leads me to the blog post for today.
In today's scripture, we find Elijah on the run from Jezebel, who had threatened to kill him after his successful challenge to the Baal priests. The Lord had instructed Elijah to go and stand on the mountain and wait for His presence to pass by. As stated above, an earthquake, a powerful and great wind along with fire passed by Elijah and the Lord was in neither. It was only in a gentle whisper that the Lord made Himself known. Men, how often when we are faced with a difficult decision and cry out in prayer to God for answers do we expect the reply to come in dramatic fashion? I have learned in my lifetime that a majority of the time the answer will either come in the quiet time or in the form of communication from a friend. This was evidenced by recent experience with the blog feedback. The problem is that some of us have a fear of silence which keeps us from experiencing the benefit that being still and listening for the voice of God brings. Albert Einstein stated "I think 99 times and find nothing. I stop thinking, swim in the silence and the truth comes to me." If one of the most brilliant minds in the history of mankind has embraced and utilized this process to solve problems, why can't we? I firmly believe that by being still and concentrating on listening for the word of God that we will be able to discern His will in addition solving a number of the problems that we face. I know that my experience from the last days can serve as evidence of the effectiveness of this. Our awesome God is ready and willing to speak into your life! All you have to do is be alert and listen. Start today to create the environment necessary to hear the voice of God.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.