Big God, Small Voice

1 Kings 19:11-12, “Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.”

God is the biggest but God doesn’t always speak the loudest.  Sometimes God’s voice is quiet as a mouse.  God does not always speak as loud as thunder.  God doesn’t always have to have the pomp and circumstance that He deserves.  God can be a still, small voice.

At this point, Elijah is in a jam.  He was watching as prophets of God are being killed at the hands of king Ahab and queen Jezebel.  He was the only one left and he ran far away from where the king and queen were.  Elijah was at his wit’s end, not sure what to do next.  God then came to him a small, still voice.

First, God displayed his power in the wind, earthquake, and fire but God was not in those.  These were just displays of how  powerful God is and what God can do.  God chose instead to come in a small voice to clam Elijah down.  God chose to be what Elijah needed at the time.  Elijah didn’t need a booming voice to strike fear into him.  Elijah didn’t need a large voice to move him.  He needed a friend.  He needed someone to care for him and address the insecurity that he had.  God was all that to Elijah at the right time as only God can do.

God comes to us in a small voice sometimes.  He comes to us to talk to us gently and quietly.  He knows how to talk to us based on the situation that we are in.  We do need a loud voice sometimes.  We need a shouting at like none other.  We also need a friend.  God is a great friend.  There to listen and be there.

Parents can try two lessons to get their children to listen:  shouting or whispering.  Shouting may work but will also make children fear their parents more and tune them out more.  I find that whispering works better.  It gets the children to calm down and listen to me.  If I whisper, I can control the situation.  God is in control of our situations.

Heavenly Father,

Sometimes we need You to yell at us for the things we do.  Sometimes, though, we need that small voice to talk to us.  To comfort us and care for us.  To be there for us.  We need You.  We love You.  You are our God.  You are our strength.  You alone know our needs at every hour.  Please be there for us always.  Please continue to speak to us in that small voice.  Thank You God.

In Your name we pray,

Amen

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