This message takes place in the Sinai mountain range. In this mountain range, Elijah found a cave and was in it because of those trying to persecute him. However, when seeking the refuge of the Lord, something wonderful happened. As Elijah stood on the mountain before the Lord, he saw many things yet the Lord was not in them. God revealed Himself in a different manner and that is the purpose of this message.
(1 Kings 19:11-13, Amplified Bible)
So He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord was passing by, and a great and powerful wind was tearing out the mountains and breaking the rocks in pieces before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind, [there was] an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake, [there was] a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire, [there was] the sound of a gentle blowing. When Elijah heard the sound, he wrapped his face in his mantle (cloak) and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. And behold, a voice came to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
Elijah witnessed the power of the wind, yet the Lord was not there. Elijah then experienced an earthquake, yet the Lord was not there. Then, Elijah experienced a fire, and still, the Lord was not in there. He was standing where Moses was standing and seeing the amazing power that the Lord has revealed in the past, however, these manifestations were not His instruments for self-revelation to Elijah in his current season. Notice how Elijah just stood by when he saw these big events happened in front of him. However, when he heard the calm and gentle whisper of the Lord he covered his face with his cloak as a sign of reverence for the Lord. God was showing Elijah that where he used these strong forces in the past to show His power and presence (Kerith, Zarephath, and Carmel), He would now use a different and more gentle way to reveal Himself to him.
It is so wonderful how the Lord can show himself in our lives in so many different ways, however, if we are faithful, we can understand exactly which way His Spirit is communicating to us just like Elijah did. The way the Lord has revealed Himself to you in the past may not be the way He will reveal Himself to you in the present and future. It is only when we can feel the Lord’s Spirit that we can know how He is working in our lives. For instance, if you are in a new season of your life, do not expect the Lord to work in the same manner that He did the season before. You may be seeing the same things occur that happened to you in the past like Elijah did, however, His Spirit may not be in them. Sometimes He reveals Himself to you in a small whisper instead of a large event. So, of you are not seeing big things happening around you, then listen for His soft and gentle whisper.
Often times our expectations of past revelations will keep us from understanding how God is currently revealing Himself in our life. We do not need to be prophets to understand the wonders of God, we simply have to wait for the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. Like Elijah, we need to understand that just because we are seeing some amazing things before us does not mean that God is in them all. If we do, we can be lead astray from our true purpose in life. This is why I was led to write this message. The Lord placed it in my heart that many of us are expecting to see God move in the same way that He did in the past and because they are waiting for this, they are missing out on something great around the corner.
So stop focusing on the outward signs of the Lord and start seeking the inward signs. Have you recently heard from God? Has He been guiding your steps or have you been? This is an important question that we must all ask ourselves if we are ever to grow spiritually. We will never grow if we keep expecting the same thing over and over. We grow by seeking the Lord in everything through a strong relationship with Him through prayer and the Holy Spirit’s guidance. So, as we enter this new season, please focus on hearing God’s gentle whisper instead of waiting for a giant sign. This is a powerful lesson that I learned from Elijah in this piece of Scripture and I pray that everyone can use this message in their life.
Let’s finish with a small prayer. Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for being able to reveal yourself in multiple different ways in our lives. I pray that myself and everyone reading this post will be able to start seeking your voice inwardly instead of outwardly. Let us hear your voice and like Elijah, provide us with the discernment to understand your will in our lives. Father, we don’t need a great wind or fire. Lord, we don’t even need a giant earthquake to know that you are near us. Father, simply a gentle whisper of encouragement is all we need in our lives. A gentle nudge in the right direction. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen!