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Maybe in a Whisper

Mon, Jul 12th, 2010
Posted in Faith & Worship

"After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And 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." 1 Kings 19:12-13 NIV

Have you ever felt like you wasted your time and effort? Even people who work in churches can feel it.

A pastor felt particularly low because his efforts appeared to fail. He thought of the story of Elijah, a prophet in the Old Testament of the Bible. Elijah felt like his life had no purpose. He had faithfully witnessed the truth about God, but instead of praise he only experienced opposition. He was so discouraged that he wanted God to end his life. God responded with a devastating wind, an earthquake and a wildfire. But God's voice was not heard in any of these powerful natural forces. Then Elijah heard a whisper. It was with a whisper that God told Elijah about the great changes in which Elijah would have a part.

The disappointed pastor bitterly prayed to God, "Where is my whisper from you?" At that moment, the pastor's young daughter interrupted his thoughts. "Daddy, Mom wants you." The pastor got his still, small voice from God in the form of his child's request. God had through Jesus provided great gifts for the life of that pastor and his family. A single life may not seem significant, but it is to God.

Don't think your life is wasted. God paid a great price in order for you to belong to him. God can perform dramatic miracles or quietly do amazing things. What message does God have for you? See you in church!

Submitted by Paul Ibisch, pastor emeritus and adjunct professor of religious studies at Viterbo University. Telephone 608-799-0990.

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