Going Deeper with the Message:
The Soft Whisper
by: Barb Barnhart
Life is fair! NOT!
This has never been a true statement. Life is not fair. We live in a sinful world that is out of bounds and in chaos. We may even say that it mirrors the time of Elijah. On Sunday, Andrew shared with us that during the time when Elijah was the prophet of God, the people were “shouting at nothing.” The Kingdom of Israel was far from God, worshiping Baal.
Elijah’s job was to bring God’s message to the people in order to get their attention and bring them back to Him. These were not messages of “rainbows and butterflies.” They were filled with truth from a broken-hearted God to His beloved people, who chose to turn away from Him. Elijah had a huge responsibility on his shoulders.
Like us, holding tightly to God’s message and going against the norms of society, Elijah got discouraged. God’s Word is not sugar-coated. We are given glimpses of both the successes and the failures of those who served the Lord. Though God had faithfully taken care of Elijah there were still times of discouragement.
Elijah’s obedience to God brought the anger of Queen Jezebel. She proceeded to threaten Elijah’s life. He became afraid! He ran! Does this sound familiar? How often do we run from the problem? I have found that running often leads me to a place of despair. Despair overcame Elijah and he sought to give up completely.
God had other plans! He provided for Elijah then sent him on a journey to hope. Hope was found in a solitary, quiet place. In 1 Kings 19:10-18, we find God reaching out to Elijah.
“At that moment, the Lord passed by. A great and mighty wind was tearing at the mountains and was shattering cliffs 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. 12 After the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was a voice, a soft whisper.13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.
Suddenly, a voice came to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?””
In the midst of your life do you allow God the time and place to speak to you? God will come to you. Listen! He is in a soft whisper with the plan for your life, to bring hope!