Monday, February 28, 2011

The Power of a Whisper

“'Go out and stand before me on the mountain,' the Lord told him.

And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. was not in the earthquake." 1 Kings 19:11-13 NLT

We serve such a powerful God don't we? With that in mind, we tend to think that that is all He is about, power, strength, "a bull in a china shop" concept. Oh, at times He can be, but He is also so much more. He has such power that at times--He needs to only whisper-- to be His most powerful.

He only has to whisper life into something, and it is alive. We yearn for love, He whispers into our hearts and we feel it. We cry for strength, He whispers it to us. We beg for wisdom and help, He whispers it to our minds. We humbly whisper our sins to Him and ask Him to come into our lives and He whispers into our spirit that He's already there and we're forgiven.

So, when there are times that you feel that you have to be this big "bully", that you have to go around and make a lot of noise so that people think that you are this big, strong whatever you want people to think that you are big and strong about--just remember--it's the still, quiet voice that has more strength than you can measure. That gentleness has a strength all of it's own.

So while there is a place for boldness and bravado, there is also a time for gentleness and whispering. Pray to God today for the wisdom to have both and to know when and how to best use it to further His Kingdom and to be a faithful servant to Him--to represent Him, your Father--in the best light possible.

"'What I tell you now in the darkness, shout abroad when daybreak comes. What I whisper in your ear, shout from the housetops for all to hear!'" Matthew 10:27 NLT

"'Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.'" Matthew 11:29

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