Daily Dose, May 24 — What God Has in Store

At that place he came to a cave, and spent the night there. Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’ He answered, ‘I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.’  He said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.’ Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. (1 Kings 19:9-12)

In our day and age of “bigger is better” we sometimes tune out the smaller things. I guess this is just the most recent development in our human nature. If a small fire is good, a bonfire must be better. If a tent is good, a palace must be better. If 200 horsepower is good, 500 must be better.

Elijah was an Old Testament prophet who had been used by God to reveal some amazing things. But on a certain mountain, Elijah needed to learn something about big versus small. God was still working with Elijah, and there were some things he had in store for Elijah. It’s interesting, then, to notice the way God conveyed this. According to the story, the Lord’s direction for Elijah was not to be found in the loud and bombastic displays of nature. In this case, bigger definitely wasn’t better! The next thing around the corner for Elijah wasn’t revealed until he got still…still enough to hear a whisper. It was then that God directed him to his next assignment.

As you prepare for the summer (and the days following), be careful to not just look for God to show up in big and dramatic ways. Take the time to be still and to listen for small and subtle whispers. It could end up that the stillness and quiet is where you see God the clearest and hear him the loudest. --Rev. Brad Greene