I King 19:11-13 (NLT) “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. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
It’s been awhile since I have written outside of my journal. A number of minor and trivial health inconveniences caused me to cut short the January fast, I generally flourish in. Sitting behind the glowing screen, the words to share with others never really came. The Lord continued to speak one word to me “stillness”. The miracles of God that one hopes for will always require stillness from the participants. I know this. I do not like the realm of hope labeled impossible as it challenges every fiber of my flesh. However, it is in the waiting that the faithfulness and goodness of the Living God become the undeniable factor that changes our life. Fighting the walls of silence, God has been gently shushing me. Crying out to elicit some form of response, I realize now that He is working on the most challenging part of me. The need to be productive and participating with me when there are times when the greatest movement required is stillness, rest and calm only possible if one stands on firmly rooted and grounded faith fortified by total trust.
The Greatness and Vastness of our God is indisputable. He formed the heavens and the earth populating them all. With one breath, life began to circulate and the reproductive cycle perpetuated. One breath. I love how when I think God is silent – I find that He is not. Maybe He just isn’t saying what I want to hear or addressing the thing I think is most important. So I rattle on in my prayers, and seek His Word on what will be not what is for today. I came across a devotion by Mark Batterson called “Whisper” in the You Version application. I highly recommend it for those who desire to hear God’s Voice and maintain constant communication. On day one – I realized the Lord was up to sometime and by day two I was absolutely confident that this realm of silence I am experiencing is not quietness at all but a new positioning. I am believing God for things that are completely outside of possibility and will require complete and absolute trust. He made these promises to me and for a while now I have tried to produce them in my activity. I have shared His Word. Taught others His Word. Encouraged. Tried to live a life as a worthy example. I believe in the Living God completely. I could easily be labeled a “Jesus Freak”. I am filled with His Holy Spirit. Yet like Elijah, I woke up one morning with no confidence and a yearning to throw in the towel.
And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper…
Psalm 37:3-7 (NLT) Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun. Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act.
Trust will always require stillness. Impossible situations that cannot be changed by human intervention and problems that cannot be solved by natural intelligence. This is the entrance to the realm of hope. The dead-end, closed door, gigantic mountain and raging river where only the faithfulness of God can make a way. I have been here before yet it doesn’t make the arrival any easier. Trust the Lord. Do good. Take delight in the Lord. Commit everything you do to Him. Trust Him. All the “He wills” culminate in this one statement, “Be still in the presence of the Lord and wait patiently for him to act.” Every hope, dream and heavenly aspiration that God has promised you will mean trusting Him to the point of absolute and complete stillness in the waiting. He will whisper to you in this time. The silence of His Waiting Room called Presence is when the whisper breathes new life in us. He asked Elijah, “What are you doing here?” Every other voice told him to head for the hills – run for your life. But God…
It’s funny to think about all the great encounters of God with people. They happened in some form of isolation. Moses. Jacob. Abraham. Elijah. Moments of complete solitude, and God came to have an intimate and personal communication with His Beloved People. God was to have such intimacy with you and me. Our purpose in life is of no less importance than those great heroes of the Bible. God doesn’t see us as we see ourselves or others perceive us. He sees the perfect creation that He formed in the mother’s womb. He sees the completion of the masterpiece offered in Jesus Christ. He works through our whole life to maximize our potential beginning with residency in His Kingdom. He has to get us alone sometimes. The Lord will calm wind, rain, storms and even break routines and throw monkey wrenches in our schedule to give us the opportunity to hear Him more clearly again. We must embrace the stillness to see the promise. The enemy wants you to think God has forgotten you or changed His Mind about you which is just not true. The enemy tries to convince you that the dream is dead, you are too old, and maybe this is the best you deserve. None of this is what the Lord has said. He leads us from everlasting to everlasting, victory to victory and glory to glory. Yes, even you and me. His Plan for us did not fail just because we did. He is perfect in all of His Ways.
Isaiah 40:28-31 (NLT) Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
Have you never heard? Have you never understood? Stopping right here for a moment, I think of all the times I have overlooked this statement. Have you never heard? I have actively listened for God’s Voice for over ten years now journaling on this blog. Getting up before the sun rises to just hear Him, yet I still find that in certain seasons – I hear Him but have not been fulling listening. New trust is new strength. I want to be strong in the Lord. To be covered in His Armor and ready for the test. But it is of more importance to hear His Voice and know what He is saying. To concentrate and focus on His Voice and His Word to obtain the depths of His Understanding. He has called me to stillness this year. It will definitely be a challenged but I cannot travel any further in this journey with Him having my own way. His Way is trust. To be calm. To be still. I must follow it. He has requested all my burdens, cares and worries. I must give them to Him. The loss of control as a person is the hardest thing to give up although we really never had it in the first place. For now I am waiting on His Whisper – His Breath so close it breathes new life and new direction in me.
Psalm 46:10 (NLT) “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.”