Read: 1 Kings 19:1-21
Do me a favor.
Sit down somewhere where it’s quiet.
If the kiddos are running around, turn on a tv show for a moment and steal away.
If you’re at work and your co-workers are talking loudly about the weekend’s events, steal away.
If you’re at home sitting at the table but your thoughts are drifting…quiet your mind and steal away.
God wants to speak to you.
“Go out and stand before me on top of the mountain,” the Lord said to him. The the Lord passed by and sent a furious wind that split the hills and shattered the rocks-but the Lord was not in the wind. The wind stopped blowing, and then there was an earthquake-but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was a fire-but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was a soft whisper of a voice. When Elijah, heard it, he covered his face with his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. [I Kings 19:11-13 GNT]
As I read this passage my mind was filled with quite a few analogies to use. The story of Elijah is one that has fascinated me for many years. But, each time I started to write I felt like something was missing. So, I stopped to pray again. “What do you want me to say, Lord?”
After a few days when I came back to the passage, the tears began to flow and I knew this was what the Holy Spirit wanted to say.
Everything we do as believers for the cause of Christ is of value. All the giving, all the community outreach, all the compassion we show others…it all matters. The time we spend at church on the weekends volunteering and working in ministry often missing out on other events because of our commitment to the local church….it all matters. The choices we make not to do or say certain things because those choices might taint our witness or cause others to stumble….those choices matter. God sees and values it all.
But none of it means anything if we don’t know Him.
Fellowship with God is the very reason He created us, and the purpose for which He sent Jesus to die for our sins.
God wants us to know Him.
We might know all the songs to the worship songs we sing at church. But they don’t mean much unless we know the person those songs are written about.
We can listen to countless messages that inspire us to go out and do good deeds or forgive our enemies…but that means very little if we don’t know the person we’re doing those things to glorify.
Some of us might even have the privilege of calling ministry our vocation and life’s mission. But if we don’t know the person the gospel is written about, our messages are just stories told really well about a person we don’t really know, we only know about.
God sent wind. God sent fire. God sent an earthquake. But He spoke in a small voice. Elijah had to be still enough to hear Him. He had to know His voice in order to hear his voice.
It is an honor to wear the label “Christian” or “believer”. But it is an even greater blessing to know you are a son or daughter of the Savior of the world.
He’s a good, good Father. And He longs for us to know Him.
What a tragedy it would be to live this life doing things for a person we won’t know until we get to Heaven, when all along His greatest invitation was that we would know and experience Him before we even get there.
Father, you made us human beings not human doings. Let all that we do for your kingdom flow out of knowing you. We don’t want to experience you occasionally. We want to know you daily. As we make time to seek you, meet us where we are and reveal yourself to each one of us in a way we are able to perceive. In Jesus’ name, Amen