When we think of something powerful, wouldn’t you say you think of something big? Strong and forceful? Spectacular and grand? If you were to compare a shout to a whisper, which would you say grabs your attention better? Probably the shout, right?
But guess what?
That’s not quite how God works.
He is spectacular, don’t get me wrong. He is big and divine and mighty. But He is also gentle and tender.
“And He said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks 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 the sound of a low whisper.” 1 Kings 19:11-12 ESV
When Elijah was in the cave of a mountain, he experienced a windstorm, earthquake, and fire -all grand events- but it wasn’t until the whisper that he heard the LORD. Going back to Genesis, it was with the pure breath of God that the starry heavens were made. A breath. Not some loud, thundering voice -which God definitely has- but just a mere breath, a whisper, is powerful enough to create things out of nothing.
My Instafriend Lindsey on @thefaithfeast recently wrote:
He is the God of hope. And in this season I feel Him whispering: get your hopes up. So I will hope again in areas I’ve given up. I’ll believe again for dreams I discarded long ago. Because We can’t lose when we put our hope in Him. Get your hopes up, friend. God is up to something.
Sometimes I just want God to show up. Big. I’ve been waiting on Him for years now and there just seems to be nothing. Sure, here and there I see a form of manna, but some days it feels less than barely enough. I feel like He’s forgotten me, forgotten His promises to me. But He hasn’t. He always sees me. He knows me profoundly. He knows what my future holds and He Himself controls time. Dare I say, but God may feel as if I’ve forgotten Him. I’ve been so terrible at spending time with Him and when I do, I’m usually upset with Him at the lack I see before my eyes. Perhaps I’ve forgotten who He is. God is grand and mighty and powerful, but He is also a gentleman and kind and compassionate. He’s also more patient than anyone, waiting on His purposes for mankind to unfold and waiting on each of us to learn -sometimes the hard way- who He truly is and draw ourselves back to Him. God doesn’t always want to shout to grab our attention, sometimes He whispers.
My friends, God’s whisper is powerful. He whispers to us to have hope. He whispers truth in our ears that can easily combat the shouts of lies. He whispers comfort and peace to our souls while we are living in storms. He whispers purpose in our confusion. He whispers grace and mercy when we want to cry ourselves to sleep. He whispers to us.
When someone whispers to you, typically you stop what you’re doing or saying to listen, right? You become still? That’s what God is beckoning of us. He wants us to be still and know He is LORD so that while we are still we can hear His powerful whisper that empowers, heals, and eases us. Will you choose to be still enough to hear His whisper? Will you allow yourself to not be distracted by the grandiose and spectacular of this world, and even by the desire to see such things, to be patient enough for Him? Wait for His whisper, which is more powerful than anything this world could say or shout.
“Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for Him to act.” Psalm 37:7a NLT