Monday, December 15, 2014

When God Whispers

My granddaughter, Aubrey

“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.
1 Kings 19:11-12, NLT 

There are places in the Bible where God reveals himself with wind, earthquakes, and fire.  I don't think Elijah was expecting God to whisper.

Go back about 2,000 years ago.

Everyone was expecting a grand entrance complete with fanfare, cheering, pomp, and circumstance.  They were looking for the king of all kings.  They were looking for the Almighty to come in all his glory.  After all, royal lineage doesn't come into the world in the way Jesus did.  No one was expecting the Savior of the world to be born in a manger on the back side of an inn in what would be considered nowadays a barn by an alley.  With all that was going on in Bethlehem, one could easily miss the birth of the Savior.  Would I have missed it?  Would you?  I know many did.

Fast forward to today.

Is it much different?   I'm buying gifts, going to programs, baking cookies (well maybe not if you know me), decorating, wrapping, planning parties, attending parties, watching Christmas specials, singing along to Christmas music, making lists and checking them twice, and just all around busy.  Yes, it's that time of year when the hustle and bustle can be a bit overwhelming.  I'm running around making sure this is the merriest Christmas that my family is going to have thus far.  While all this time God is whispering to me, "Don't miss Christmas.  It's about the baby, Jesus, your Savior that came to redeem this hurting world."

He wants me to do two things, and they are pretty simple.
  1. Listen to His whisper.
  2. Pass along the hope of Christ.
That doesn't mean I need to give up on the rest of Christmas.  It just means I need to refocus on God's whisper.  I sure don't want to get to the end of this Christmas season without Christ being the main focus.  I'm sure you don't either.

PRAY:  Lord, help me to hear your whispers, not only at Christmas, but all year.  Also, help me to spread that hope to everyone I come into contact with each day.

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