"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." I Kings 19:11-12
God is in the whisper. At least, He was in the passage above, where He revealed Himself to Elijah. And in the chaos of the world, it's easy to miss the whispers. We're surrounded by noise constantly.
But there's another issue, too. Because someone else likes to whisper as well, and confuses us with which whispers to listen to.
The other day, I had some criticism come my way. And my pride was hurt. I was upset because I had done the task and still got reprimanded for not doing it. And I started listening to whispers that said things like, "Well, maybe this wasn't such a blessing from God because look at all the extra stress and frustration it's brought. Maybe I should give up this other thing I love because I obviously can't handle more my life right now. Maybe I should go do this other insane idea because it's plain this one isn't working like it should. Maybe ..." And a million other ridiculous things ran through my head. But when I stopped and prayed, truly prayed instead of just throwing up a few words in the heat of the moment, I could hear the truth. Sometimes, my pride gets the best of me and thinks things are worse than they really are. Sometimes, I need to take a step back and remember the person who had texted me was more a messenger than a judge and would be on my side when we could talk face-to-face the next day. And jumping to a million conclusions about all that other stuff only made my stress worse. And sure, enough, the next day all was worked out and the truth was revealed. I had worked myself up into a tizzy over almost nothing.
God whispers peace. Satan whispers turmoil and discontent. I'd much rather listen to God's whispers, wouldn't you? Have you ever listened to the wrong whisper instead of listening for the one that was better?
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