Lean into His Whisper

And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks 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 the sound of a low whisper.
— 1 Kings 19:11-12

When people think of God, they often think of the grand, the miraculous, the impossible; and quite naturally so since He is all of those things and more. Yet, incredibly, when God approaches the individual, it's never as someone big and unapproachable. That's because God is more interested in inviting us to an intimate relationship with Him than He is in impressing us.

In 1 Kings, God encounters the prophet Elijah during a time of difficulty and turmoil as he flees for his life. Even then, God's priority isn't to show Elijah how capable He is of delivering Elijah (although He is more than able). Rather, His priority is in drawing Elijah closer. That's because we are called to be intimate, not just impressed. It isn't very difficult to recognize a wind that breaks rocks into pieces. Earthquakes and fires are not very hard to miss either. But a whisper is something that requires intentionality and attention.

In this day and age, there are so many voices that fight for our attention. Voices that try to speak louder than the other, fighting for our attention in order to win us over. But among all the clamor, there is only one voice that can truly satisfy, because it is the only voice we were meant to hear. However, this voice does not try to be louder or more impressive; because this voice is confident and secure. When we hear this voice we know that there is truly no other voice like it.

The voice of God is one that knows us, comforts us, protects us, and guides us. But in order to hear His voice, we must continue to lean into His whisper. We must be intentional about tuning out the other voices with false promises of hope, joy, and fulfillment and keep pressing into the Voice about all voices.

God is not looking for a generation to see how great He is, simply be attracted to His power, and do things to flatter Him. On the contrary, God is looking for a generation that seeks Him for who He is; that is constantly leaning into His whisper. Only such a generation will be able to overcome the world. Only such a generation will be able to love beyond themselves. Only such a generation will be able to establish God's Kingdom in the midst of a world too busy, too distracted, too hurt, too angry to hear the whisper of the Lord inviting them to find genuine contentment and life in Him.

Lord, we pray for a generation to rise up whose greatest desire is to hear Your voice and lean into Your whisper above any other voices of this world. Amen.

John YoonComment