So like the Spirit of God. Sensing His presence involves position. Choosing to draw near to His quiet stirring emotionally, physically, mentally were I can hear His whisper.
The breeze is not bias; it doesn’t only blow in the mountains. It blows in the city; in the country. So again, the Spirit of God. He is not bias toward those He whispers to. He bids us all to come; the question is: will I?
So I move; slowing down enough to receive and hear. Coming away from all that is comfortable; I become aware. I get in the path of the His breeze.
I begin with “off”. Cell off; no dinging of the text nor twittering away time. Off with the tv even the radio in the car. No iPod nor laptop. Off leads me to silence; silence leads me to His whisper.
1 Kings 19: 9b – 12 “And the word of the LORD came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He replied, “I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” 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.” NIV
Than God spoke; as a gentle whisper.
Friend, let’s look at our lives and ask the question that the Lord asked, “What are you doing here?” Have we been like Elijah running in the wrong direction? Running to busy, entertainment driven lives? Running with the pack and the noise that drives us on and on? Like Elijah, have we run without asking the Lord if and where He would want us to go?
Verse three in 1 Kings 19 says Elijah ran because he was afraid. He was pushed by his emotions. What emotion wants to push you; drive you? What emotion in your life wants to drown out the Spirit’s whisper? Fear? Sadness? Depression? One that I see sneak up often is boredom.
Boredom is so very, very dangerous. It doesn’t appear bad and besides, it’s not even our fault that we feel it. Yet Proverbs, speaks often to the simple. The simple and the bored have much in common. They wander without direction and wander straight down the wrong path; the one that looks exciting or a diversion from the present.
True excitement is found in His presence; in the mystery of intimately knowing the Creator of the Universe. Being enveloped in the peace, purpose and passion of His unfailing love. Can you hear His whisper? He’s calling.