E100: 039 | Come Near to God


"This passage in 1 Kings is full of drama. Ahab is the worst king of Israel to this time, and he goes head to head with a prophet from Gilead called Elijah. The centerpiece takes place on Mount Carmel where Elijah challenges Ahab and his 850 pagan prophets to a contest. Elijah is victorious but immediately plunges into depression, until God whispers his name." (New Zealand's Rhema Radio)

Read 1 Kings 16:29-19:18 2 (ESV)

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 read:
... 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

As you probably realize this is the passage that I have named my blog after. I find the translation of this phrase loaded. In the King James Version "a still small voice". What a phrase! What imagery! The all powerful, all mighty God whispering to his people. To one single person. It is all about a relationship like that. One on one with God. That is God's original design. God desires to be near to us, one on one, so close that only whispering is needed. I want to hear the whisper. I want to respond to the still small voice.

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 sometimes be small, gentle, quiet, and soft in order to draw us in close to hear his words intimately and clearly.

This passage is a clear reminder to me that I need silence. I need a quite place in my life where I can hear the sound of a soft breath. The soft clear voice of God.

The sound of a soft breath....

Can you hear God? Turn down the volume and get closer.

I am working through the E100 Bible Reading Challenge again. You can learn more about my journey and read the other posts completed so far at this link. I encourage you to stop back soon to read another passage.

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