glorious presence

1 Kings 19:11-13
The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. After the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

Every time I read this verse, something new is revealed. This time, it spoke to me about positioning myself. When God told Elijah to stand on the mountain, he did. He was positioned and prepared for God’s presence. We can experience the presence of God so many places, and many times His presence is surrounding us and we are either oblivious or we just ignore it. But when we are prepared, then God can speak and impart things to us, as he did with Elijah. Things really happen in that place, in the presence of God.

Also with regard to this verse, I love how God speaks in a whisper. So personal, so intimate. It’s like God wants to be so close to us, and us so close to Him that he can just whisper, and we will hear him. I get a picture of a dad lying on the bed with his son or daughter, and them listening intently while he imparts wisdom and speaks destiny into them. So beautiful, and humbling.

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