As Elijah stood before the Lord, the Lord “passed by,” and a great wind tore through the mountains (v. 11). Then there was an earthquake, and then a fire. But the Lord was not in these powerful displays. Instead, after the fire, Elijah heard a “low whisper” (v. 12).
Previously, God showed up with fire, consuming the drenched altar. People marveled. But here, the emphasis is on God’s quiet ways. God often appears not in the spectacular but in the gentle whisper. Job 4:16 and Psalm 107:29 also refer to an almost silent sound, and the context of both passages is one of rest and refreshment in the midst of pain, distress, and fear.
Let’s remember that God often works in quiet ways. Sometimes the fire seems to fall in corporate gatherings, but God is always working quietly through His written Word and by His Spirit in the hearts of His people. Seek the God of grace in the quiet place. Get alone with Him and listen to His Word.
What is your plan for pursuing quiet communion with God on a daily basis?