I Kings 19:11-13a
The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.”
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. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
There are many natural disasters reported in the news these days. There’s bad weather, mudslides, earthquakes, and forest fires, just to name a few. No matter what part of the country you live in, you need to be prepared to handle the threatening situations that can occur.
Unfortunately, we tend to blame God for all the bad stuff in life. A tornado wipes out a trailer park, so we call it “an act of God.” We figure anything that powerful, like floods, earthquakes, and hurricanes must be His doing.
The simple truth is that these things are not the work of God. He is not the God of death and destruction, but the God of love. His desire is to win the hearts of men and women through His gift of salvation. He wants relationship with His creation.
We should be listening for that “gentle whisper” that speaks to our heart. He uses this method to draw us to Himself. Instead of seeking Him in the destructive forces of nature – seek to hear Him in the stillness of a quiet place.