A Still Small Voice

June 19, 2018

1 Kings 19:1-21

Acts 12:1-23

Psalm 136:1-26

Proverbs 17:14-15

 

"Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind.

 

"After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.

 

"After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire.

 

And after the fire came a gentle whisper." 

 

1 Kings 19:11-12

 

I have been reminded lately that God works in mysterious ways. When we feel like we're up against a wall...when we can't see left or right..."how does this work out?" God has a plan and we won't know what it is until it's time. 

 

I recently felt cornered by my own fears and desires and began to question "how does this work out?" And I was just waiting to get some alone time to cry out to Him and maybe demand answers...seek relief from it all somehow. I wanted to figure it out. But as soon as I got that space to be alone and I started in on it...almost immediately I was overcome with the knowledge that I just need to trust Him. 

 

I wasn't going to have answers. I still don't have answers. I just have to trust Him. It's hard when I'm carrying all that...but it's not hard when I look at how good and faithful He always is. Whatever God has planned, it is beyond my imagination, and it is good. 

 

We expect God to work in certain ways. I would expect God to be like a hurricane, a rushing wind, an earthquake, or like fire. And He can be. But sometimes He chooses to be a still small voice. Like when I want God to rain down answers but instead He speaks quietly "trust Me." Or like when Elijah went out to meet God and God was not a wind, not an earthquake, and not a fire..but a still small voice. 

 

He works in unexpected ways, this is an example, my life is an example, Jesus is an example, and there are countless other examples. I encourage you to listen to Audrey Assad's song "Winter Snow," it illustrates how Jesus's birth is an example of God's unexpected plans.

 

Jesus is the most unexpected thing this earth has ever seen. We couldn't have known to ask for Him, and yet He was the very thing we needed most. 

 

I can trust God. I over complicate things. Life is hard...trusting God is hard...but not really. 

 

I trust You. 

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