Elijah ran hard and fast.
Fearing the threat of Jezebel, he knew he had to get out of Dodge, err… Israel.
Elijah sprinted hard to the point of exhaustion. He collapsed beneath a desert shrub, and, without hope, wanted to die. Death seemed sweeter than the loneliness and fatigue that came from living on the run from the evil Jezebel. Hopeless, he fell asleep.
When Elijah awoke, he was greeted by an angel who fed him bread and gave him water. Infused with hope and the power of God, Elijah had enough sustenance to travel the forty days to Horeb, also known as the mountain of God.
Tucked away in a cave on the mountainside, Elijah heard the voice of God ask:
“What are you doing here, Elijah?”
Elijah exploded with honesty. He figured he had nothing to lose, so why not be completely honest with God? He rattled off the recent events: his attack on the false prophets and Jezebel’s death threats.
But God didn’t answer a single one of Elijah’s concerns. Instead, the Lord commanded Elijah to go to the mountainside and wait for Him to pass by.
As Eljiah waited on God, a powerful, loud wind tore at the mountains, breaking branches and crushing rocks. But the Lord was not in the wind.
Then a terrifying earthquake shook the whole mountain, causing rocks to fall. But the Lord was not in the earthquake.
Then a horrifying fire swept the mountainside, devouring everything in its path. But the Lord was not in the fire.
Then Elijah heard a gentle whisper. The Lord was in this whisper—speaking through the sheer silence, and capturing Elijah’s attention.
Just like Elijah in 1 Kings 19, we all feel frail and weak against our enemies. Like Elijah, we have days when we feel as though we’re at the end of our rope and ready to let go.
But even in those moments, God is on our side. He wants to speak to us!
Though we may desire God to speak through earthshaking moments or thunderous sounds, often He communicates through much gentler means—even in the silence.
When we want to hear from God, we may be expecting to hear His voice come loudly and powerfully, but God frequently speaks in a whisper. You see, when you whisper to a friend, you have to lean in and get close.
When God whispers to us, it’s an invitation to lean in close to our relationship with Him.
This week, we’re taking a break from our Summer Bible Study. A chance to spend time with friends and family and catch up on Bible study homework.
Even more, we’re having a week of silence here at MargaretFeinberg.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter. And here’s why:
Amidst the chaos and clutter of social media, the blog-o-sphere, and technology constantly vying for our attention, rarely do we get a chance to sit and listen for God’s whisper. Distracted, we may be missing out on the intimacy of being still before God.
Sometimes, to hear from God, we need to quiet the world around us.
So what do you say? Will you join us by logging off, shutting down, and staying off social media for a week?
Let’s start today. I can’t wait to hear what God speaks to you during this upcoming week.
Maybe you’ll hear God as we choose to look up from our phones, tablets, and computers. Who knows? You may hear God’s voice through the rays of an early morning sunrise breaking through the clouds. In the pitter-patter of tiny feet playing in the hallway. In the sips of iced coffee as you catch up with a dear friend in real life. As you turn through pages of Scripture. As you whisper silent thanks back to God.
Join us back here on Monday, July 7th to share how God used the week of silence in your life.