11 Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces 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; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. I Kings 19:11-12
Often when God moves, we expect Him to do it in a big way. We are constantly looking for a “sign” that we are on the right track. Sometimes, His signs are big and glorious, but many times we pass by them without even noticing.
Elijah was told to go up on the mountain, and stand before the Lord. As he was doing this, all manner of things went on while he watched and waited. A great wind tore at the rocks, and an earthquake rattled the mountain, then finally a fire raged by. But the Lord was not in any of these spectacles; He came with a still, small voice.
Life might be easier if God put up large “Thus sayeth the Lord…” billboards along our paths. Discerning His will is part of our daily walk. If He removed all the obstacles from our path, where would our faith come in?
Being mindful of the less obvious things is a skill best cultivated by Christians and preppers. Attention to detail is an important part of prepping. Without it, we tend to do things in a hit or miss fashion. The same can be said about our Christian walk. God’s still small voice will lead us when the future seems uncertain, but only if we look for it in the right places.
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Today in Christian History
1703 – Birth of John Wesley, English founder of Methodism. The systematic disciplines of the ‘Holy Club,’ which John and his brother Charles founded, elicited the nickname ‘Methodies’ from their critics.
1822 – In New York City, the first elders of the newly founded African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church were ordained.
1846 – Iowa College was chartered in Davenport under the joint sponsorship of the Congregational and Presbyterian churches. The school changed location in 1859 and was later renamed Grinnell College.
1859 – Birth of J. Wilbur Chapman, Presbyterian pastor and evangelist who authored a number of hymns, including ‘One Day When Heaven Was Filled with His Praises.’
1963 – English apologist C.S. Lewis wrote in a letter: ‘Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave it with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.’
Source for Today in Christian History: www.studylight.org