Daily Bible Reading: 1 Kings 19

“Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the LORD told him. And as Elijah stood there, the LORD passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. And 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 whisper. ​(1 Kings 19:11-12 NLT)
You can dwell on the storms of life if you choose. Or, you can listen for the voice, the gentle whisper of God
How often have our lives been tossed about by storms? Sometimes the storms are our own doing. Sometimes they are caused by other people. And sometimes the storms seem without cause, they just are. We experience frustration, confusion, pain, or loss. We have far more questions than answers, and we firmly fix our focus on the violence of the storm.
This is what Elijah was doing. His recent battle with the prophets of Baal was ancient history compared with the threats of Jezebel. He was running for his life, he was fearful, and he was weary. There were storms.
Yet, in the middle of all the noise and confusion was a gentle voice. This gentle voice of God had always been there. It was, and remains, a voice easily missed if one focuses on the storms. Even for a man of God like Elijah.
Consider the storms swirling around you today. They come in many shapes and sizes. They come from a variety of sources and directions. They impact you in many different ways. You can dwell on the storms of life if you choose. Or, you can listen for the voice, the gentle whisper of God, a whisper that is more powerful than any storm.