What is God Saying?

Spiritually, most of us would make excellent offensive lineman blocking anyone trying to get to the quarterback of our hearts and lives.  God is trying to get through to you and me, but we have this most frustrating habit of placing Him on hold for long periods of time hoping He will hang up and use the automated system of our lives.  Sometimes you need to get away to hear what God is saying to you.  Sometimes you need a crisis to help tune you in.  Sometimes you just need to be desperate to hear Him.  Spiritual  deafness even happens to some of the most faithful followers.  Elijah was a faithful prophet who desperately needed to hear God’s voice.

Then He(God) 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; and after the earthquake a fire, [but] the LORD [was] not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.” 1 Kings 19:11-12

The strong wind, earthquake, and fire were only meant to draw Elijah’s attention, but the voice of the Lord came after.  I believe with the pandemic God has the attention of many people, and now we should listen for His distinct voice speaking like a whisper.  Look at what God said.

“So it was, when Elijah heard [it,] that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice [came] to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”  1 Kings 19:13

God may want to ask you the same question, “What are you doing here?”  What God is saying to me using this scripture is that God is where you are right now, and He is patiently waiting for all the noises that have captured your attention to fade out to speak to you.  God is speaking to you.  What is He saying?

The Shepherd’s Voice

The disruption of the coronavirus is unlikely anything we have ever experienced before, at least in its scope and magnitude. We have faced other deadly viruses and outbreaks and plagues, but nothing, at least in my lifetime, that has disrupted and derailed as this has. But we have experienced disruption and sudden changes of plans. In fact, your whole life has been a series of disruptions of one kind or another, and many have been discouraging and upsetting, but you’ve been able to navigate through them all. Now our lives have been turned into a massive maze with uncertainty at each step. That’s why we need a shepherd to guide us through. Jesus said these words:

 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” John 10:1-5

David said, “The Lord is my Shepherd” because David realized his own need for someone to help him navigate through life. Not only is Jesus referred to as the Good Shepherd, but He is also the Great Shepherd who never leaves you nor forsakes you. He knows that we don’t know which way to go. We think we do, but even the Bible says two times, “There is a way that seems right to man, but the end leads to death.” Proverbs 14:12, 16:25.

If there was ever a time to tune into the voice of God, it is now. His voice will do more for you than all the other voices around you or in you. His voice will guide you through the pandemic maze. His voice will usher in peace, strength and hope even in the most troubling times of life. His voice is like a whisper, so you must be intentional about hearing it, and when you do, you will be able to stand when others crumble. Listen to the voice of the Shepherd.

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