Hearing God’s Voice

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

The story of Elijah’s despair after his defeat of the prophets of Baal to hearing God’s voice on the mountain is a lesson in hope to me. I often refer to this episode in the prophet’s life when I feel defeated, even after God grants victories.

From the huge victory God performed through Elijah, to God’s quiet whisper of encouragement, Elijah experienced emotions many of us face.

Through God’s power Elijah defeated four hundred fifty prophets of Baal. After such an enormous display of God’s sovereignty, Elijah fled for his life when Queen Jezebel threatened to kill him within twenty-four hours.

When Elijah fled, he prayed he might die saying, “I have had enough, LORD. Take my life.” Instead of granting Elijah’s request, the LORD provided miraculously for Elijah’s physical needs.

Once strengthened, the prophet traveled forty days and forty nights to Mount Horeb; the mountain of God. There he went into a cave, spent the night, and heard God’s voice. During the night God asked Elijah what he was doing there. Elijah listed all the rejection he felt as God’s prophet, even though he’d been zealous for the LORD.

God told him to go stand on the mountain for HE was going to pass by.

In The Women’s Devotional Guide to the Bible the author tells how, like Elijah, we can listen to God speak to us today.

  • First, Elijah had to be available
  • Second, he had to be quiet
  • Third, Elijah had to get rid of distraction
  • Fourth, he had to take the time to hear God’s voice

Elijah found great victory through God’s powerful display. He also found comfort and strength in God’s quiet whisper.

When life beats us up and we want to quit, God is still the answer.

How do you make yourself available, quiet, and undistracted to hear God’s whisper?

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 “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.

And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 1 Kings 19:11-13 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Do You Have Enough Containers?

bingby Sandy Kirby Quandt

Hello. My name is Sandy and I have a problem. I hold onto plastic containers and precariously pile them into the cabinet in case I need them later.

This may be a trait I inherited from my mother. I don’t know. I just know whenever Sissy bingand I visited Mom’s house, Sissy went through Mom’s plastic containers like a wild woman. She made sure each bowl had a matching lid and threw out whatever she believed to be unnecessary.

Yes. I know. My cabinets could use Sissy’s intervention, but I wonder … is it possible in all my messy saving of plastic containers, it might be biblical?

Hmmm …

Several scriptures come to mind when I think this may be true. Instances where it was a good thing to have extra containers.

Abraham was told he would have descendants too numerous to count. More than the grains of sand on the shore. No amount of containers would be able to hold them.

bingDo you remember the widow in 2 Kings 4?

Creditors were coming to take her two sons as slaves. She went to the prophet Elisha and he told her to go around to all her neighbors, asking for empty jars. Then he told her to fill them with oil.

When she reached her last jar, she asked her sons for another, but there were no more. That’s when the oil stopped flowing. The jars of oil were sold to pay their debts and save the sons.

Sounds to me like it’d be good to have extra containers in our cabinets.

God’s mercies are new every morning. There aren’t enough containers to hold them and there isn’t enough ink or paper to record them.

We are told God’s blessings will be poured out on us and we will receive a full measure,  pressed down and overflowing.

And finally, Paul tells us we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives.

Sissy may be disciplined enough to limit the number of plastic containers she stores, but bingnot me. You never know when you might need more. And I’m thinking, it really could be biblical. 🙂

While I can’t say for certain whether having extra containers is a good thing, one thing I can say for certain is we’ll never have enough containers to hold all the many rich blessings God bestows on us each and every day.

Do you have more plastic containers in your cabinets than you really need, or do you hold onto a couple more … just in case?

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There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit! Romans 5:3-5 (MSG)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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