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God Still Speaks (Part 1)
• READ: 1 KINGS 19:1-18
Fear gripped Elijah’s heart as he made his way toward the mouth of the
cave. Forty days of traveling to the mountain of God. Forty days ago, he had prayed to God that he might die. Forty days ago, Elijah had fled to the wilderness because King Ahab and Queen Jezebel were hunting him down to end his life, just as they had done with the other prophets of God.
Elijah was fleeing because of the events on Mount Carmel. On that mountain, Elijah and all the people had seen God’s power over Baal, the favored false god of the time. Only the One True God could prevail in sending fire from heaven and burning up the sacrifice—not to mention the stones, the dirt, and even the water that had drenched everything (1 Kings 18:17-46).
But, after that victorious but intense confrontation with the prophets of Baal, Elijah fell into despair, fleeing from King Ahab’s certain wrath and begging for death. But even then, God was with Elijah, sending an angel to strengthen and refresh him.
Now, Elijah rested in a cave on Mount Horeb, known as the mountain of God.
“What are you doing here, Elijah?” the Lord asked (1 Kings 19:9).
Elijah proceeded to pour out his heart as he curled up on the floor of the cave.
God responded simply. “Go stand on the mountain in my presence...I am about to pass by.”
Suddenly, a mighty wind began to tear the mountain apart! But God was not in the wind. Then, an earthquake came. Then, fire—fierce and sudden. But God was not in these two either.
Abrupt and intense as the fire had come, silence fell over the mountain. There was only a gentle whisper—light and musical as a bubbling brook. Elijah knew this was the Lord. His God had chosen a whisper to speak to His servant. • Savannah Coleman
• Instead of reprimanding Elijah, God met him right where he was in his fear, giving him rest. Jesus—who is fully human and fully God—meets His people in the same way. While we were still sinners, He died and rose again so that those who put their trust in Him could rest in His finished work, knowing they are secure in Him because He has forgiven their sins (Matthew 11:28; John 3:16; Romans 5:8; Ephesians 2:8-9). Read Hebrews 4:14-16 and 1 Peter 5:7. In Christ, is there anything you can’t bring before God?
“Though the mountains move and the hills shake, my love will not be removed from you and my covenant of peace will not be shaken,” says your compassionate Lord. Isaiah 54:10 (CSB)
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God Still Speaks (Part 2)
• READ: 2 TIMOTHY 3:14-17; HEBREWS 1:1-4
Wouldn’t it be great to have God speak to you today as He did to Elijah (1 Kings 19:1-18)? Sometimes, when I have a particularly pressing concern, I just want God to speak audibly to me so I can know exactly what He wants me to do. A gigantic, neon sign—instead of earthquakes or fire—would suffice.
Although God may not speak to me in the dramatic ways I would like Him to, He does still speak. Jesus—who is fully God and fully human—is the very definition of truth (John 1:1-14; 10:30; 14:6). When He came to earth, He spoke to us and His message was clear: “The one who believes in the Son [Jesus] has eternal life, but the one who rejects the Son will not see life; instead, the wrath of God remains on him” (John 3:36). Our sin separates us from God, but, in Christ, we can have a right relationship with God again (Isaiah 59:2; Romans 5:1-11).
When Jesus rose from the grave and ascended into heaven, He left with us His Holy Spirit to teach us (John 14:26). He speaks to us by giving wisdom as we read the entire Bible, which is about Jesus from start to finish (John 20:31; Acts 10:43; 1 Corinthians 2:10-16; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
Hebrews 1:1-3 really gets to the heart of the matter: “Long ago God spoke to the fathers by the prophets at different times and in different ways. In these last days, he has spoken to us by his Son....The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of his nature, sustaining all things by his powerful word.” Trusting Jesus as your Savior gives you access to God Himself, always. How incredible that we can listen to the God of the Universe in His Word, the Bible, and that we can talk to Him anytime through prayer!
When God sent His Son to us, He spoke to us in the most powerful way of all: showering upon us His mercy, grace, and unfailing love. In Christ, God speaks through His Word. • Savannah Coleman
• The same God who created the world and spoke with Adam and Eve wants to speak to you too. Before sin even entered the world, God had a plan to bring us back to Himself (Genesis 1–3). He made a way for us to have fellowship with Him and the forgiveness that we desperately needed through His Son, Jesus. Do you know His voice? If you want to learn more about what it means to know Him, check out our "Know Jesus" page.
The Son [Jesus] is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of his nature, sustaining all things by his powerful word. Hebrews 1:3a (CSB)