God Was Not in the Storm
This week our area experienced violent thunderstorms. In the hills where I live, the thunder rumbled and the lightening criss-crossed the sky for hours after torential rains.
It reminded me of Elijah's experience meeting God. Read I Kings 19. After his great victory for God on Mt. Carmel, Elijah is fleeing from Jezebel, thinking he has been utterly abandoned. Finally God calls him out saying, "Elijah, what are you doing here?" Elijah starts to whine about how alone he feels. God says "I'm going to pass by just so you know Who is with you." Verses 11 and 12 remind me of the power of a storm: "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. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire." (NIV).
The Lord was not in the storm? All that majesty, the power of nature at His command? No. The end of verse 12 says, "And after the fire came a gentle whisper....What are you doing here, Elijah?"
Lots of times God "sneaks" up on me in ways I could never have imagined. Our challenge this week: In seven words or less, tell how God speaks to you in an unexpected way.
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