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?” – 1 Kings 19:11-13

Many times we are looking for the spectacular in following after the Lord. But as this story about the prophet Elijah reveals, many times the voice of the Lord is in a gentle whisper. It is significant that the Holy Spirit is depicted as a dove; a bird that is gentle and easily disturbed. Excitement can be great, but Elijah reminds us to not to confuse excitement for the eternal. We all need times of dynamic inspiration, but it is the whispers of God that bring clarity and direction to our lives.

Today’s commentary by:
Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

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