The Whisper of God
Today’s scripture selection: First Kings 19-22
Key verses: First Kings 19:12
Elijah was on the run. Ahab and Jezebel had their sights on him – and that was anything but good.
So, fearing for his life, he took off.
While on the run – some amazing things happened.
First, an angel showed up – miraculously providing food and water – strength for the journey; second, God came – first to ask a question then to give him some guidance.
What I have always loved about this particular story is how it makes a point to say God’s guidance wasn’t in the earthquake or the fire – but in the “gentle whisper” that followed.
When we are on the run; when we are at our wit’s end – God doesn’t come to us with fire and brimstone.
He comes whispering his love.
It’s also a good model for us to follow.
When we encounter someone who is
- Seeking answers
- Needing forgiveness
- Needing help
They don’t need us to scold or give unsolicited advice.
They could however use a gentle whisper, offered in God’s name.
Whether on the receiving or giving end – let’s give thanks for the still small voice of God – every time it comes.
Prayer: Lord, help me to offer your love gently, when needed most. AMEN.
By Paul Simrell
The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program.
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
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