The Lord said, "Go out. Stand on the mountain in front of me. I am going to pass by." As the Lord approached, a very powerful wind tore the mountains apart. It broke up the rocks. But the Lord wasn't in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake. But the Lord wasn't in the earthquake. After the earthquake a fire came. But the Lord wasn't in the fire. And after the fire there was only a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his coat over his face. He went out and stood at the entrance to the cave. Then a voice said to him, "Elijah, what are you doing here?" (1 Kings 19:11-13, New International Reader's Version)Other translations:
... a still small voice
... a soft whisper
... a sound of a gentle blowing
... a gentle and quiet whisper
... a sound of sheer silence
... sound of a soft breath
The oldest brother of Jesus, James, wrote "Come near to God and he will come near to you." (James 4:8)
His glory is overwhelming but his voice can be small, gentle, quiet, and soft in order to draw us in close to hear his words intimately and clearly.
Can you hear God? Turn down the volume and get closer.