Devotion Day 26 – Through the Bible in 90 days

Day 26 – 1st Kings 16:21 – 2nd Kings 4:37 – Today we hear about more of the kings of Judah (line of David) and Israel. We’ll also hear about two of God’s prophets (Elijah and Elisha) who were called and sent to proclaim God’s word to the kings and people.

What I want to focus upon this morning is a time the Lord appeared and spoke to Elijah. Elijah has run for his life and God appears to him. This is found in chapter 19 of 1st Kings. I’ll be looking specifically at verses 11-13.

11 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.

Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

God wasn’t to be found in the great and powerful tornado type wind, nor in the earthquake, nor in the fire. God was found and heard in the gentle whisper, the still calm voice is the way one translation speaks of it.

When I find myself in a really stressful situation, I often ask God to show me the way, to speak clearly to me. What I’ve found is that if I stay really busy trying to deal with the stressful situation running here and there, doing this and doing that, I can’t hear God’s voice or sense God’s guiding spirit. But if I will stop even in the midst of the chaos, I can often hear that calming word from God. Often it comes to me as I do my morning devotions and spend quite time with God or when I take a couple of steps back from what is going on and look at things from a different perspective. It’s often when I am somewhat calm, that God’s gentle whisper and gentle nudge can be heard and felt.

This text and the ones in the New Testament about Jesus calming the stormy seas or walking on the water are the texts I go to when facing chaotic times of life; my own or others.

This day calm your very soul, sit with God and listen for God’s still calm voice saying unto you; “I am with you. I will guide you. I won’t leave you. Together you will get through this.”

Thanks be to God for how he abides with us and speaks to us, often in a calm and gentle way.

O Lord God, we give thanks for how you appeared to your people in the past. May we know that you do this even today and that nothing in life or in death can separate us from your love and nothing in life or in death is more powerful than Thee. See us through all the troubling/stressful times of life and guide us to a new day. Use us as your instruments to help others who need your word that tells them you are with them. Amen.

Reading Day 27 – 2nd Kings 4:38 – 15:26

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