And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. 1 kings 19:12
In this verse, Elijah was running from Jezebel in fear and he came to complain to God to save his life. God pretty much gives him a location to meet up and Elijah rushes there. Wind, fire, earthquake all show up but God wasn't in any of those, He chose to be instead in the gentle whisper.
I used to be very quick to raise my voice when I was angry or afraid, it felt as if no one was listening to me or cared about what I was saying or what was happening to me. I was afraid that no one cared about me and sometimes I find myself struggling with these old habits but I am now quick to repent and ask for help.
Perhaps you have felt that no one cared about what you were saying and you chose to shout louder like me or maybe you went to the other end of the spectrum and silenced your voice. Today, I want to remind you that God hears and He cares about EVERYTHING concerning you. No matter how silly it appears or how inconsequential it seems to others you may have shared your heart with it, God cares. He cares and He wants to hear what you have to say. He is with you at every point in time and He desires to walk with you through everything.
Don’t get me wrong, there is a season and place for a loud roar just like there are times God sends down fire. In fact, in the chapter before this one, Elijah had asked God to send down fire to destroy the priests of Baal and He did. In this chapter however, God wanted to speak to Elijah. It was time for communion and conversation between God and His chosen prophet, it was not war against His enemies. In our day to day as we commune and converse with people, perhaps we can take a lesson or hundred from God and choose to be in the low whisper rather than fire or earthquake when people come to us. As God desires to speak to us softly, let us also be like that with others.
I read a while back or heard on a TedX talk that the most powerful person in the room is the one with the most relaxed breathing pattern. That person is not afraid of anyone or anything in that room, they see no need to fight or show off their strength so their heart doesn't beat faster nor does their voice change. I see it the same way with our voice.
When we understand who we are and our authority, there is no need to react aggressively or prove a point. We know what we are capable of and act accordingly, we make boundaries clear from the start and enforce the consequences, we remain true to ourselves no matter what others do. A low whisper can pass the point across when there is an understanding of the One who lives within us.
Remember that the Lord is interested in everything concerning us, rest in the knowledge that He is with you every step of the way.
Wow! This spoke to me. I used to fluctuate and still do between the two spectrums. I noticed that while I was trying to be gentle while angry, I began to silence my voice and found it HARD to be vulnerable. A gradual journey but I constantly remind myself that God us interested and cares about me🤎