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Daily Distinctives, April 15, 2015 (When God Whispers)

April 15, 2015

Daily Reading:

[1Ki 19:11 NKJV]
Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, [but] the LORD [was] not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, [but] the LORD [was] not in the earthquake;

[1Ki 19:12 NKJV]
and after the earthquake a fire, [but] the LORD [was] not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.

Daily Distinctive:

It had been my desire to get alone with the LORD and spend some time in His WORD and in prayer. Looking back over the past few days I thought about these verses in 1 Kings and so I thought it would be appropriate to do my devotional for today on these verses.

[1Ki 19:11 NKJV]
Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, [but] the LORD [was] not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, [but] the LORD [was] not in the earthquake;

As I set out to convene with the LORD these past few days I was looking for the grandiose meetings. I half expected the LORD to show up in a cloud or pillar of fire! That would have been really cool. But I was looking for a mountain-top experience and I think that is what I found. It seemed like over the course of the last few days there was a whole lot of wind. My life seemed like a series of storms. Isn’t that how it always is when you want to spend time alone with the LORD. If there is going to be an attack it generally happens when you set apart focused time for the LORD. But there were lots and lots of storms and broken rocks, but I did not find the answers that I was seeking through those trials. There were some issues I ran into dealing with some difficult people this week and the outcomes were seemingly earthshaking, but like Elijah’s experience, I did not find the LORD in those trials. I had expected that I would hear from the LORD at church tonight as we had a special afterglow service, but the LORD did not reveal Himself to me there either. The LORD was not in the fire.

[1Ki 19:12 NKJV]
and after the earthquake a fire, [but] the LORD [was] not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.

It was literally not until I got home and put my little one to bed that the LORD spoke to me. I had just finished praying for my six year old and he put his hand on my face and prayed for his daddy! It was so sweet. The questions I had been wanting answers to from the LORD my son had no idea about. And so his prayer was unhindered by my influence. But the beauty of the prayer he prayed for me was that it was simple and confirmed what I was praying about. Isn’t that how God is though. He can use big productions to drive His point home, but most often He uses the simple things to speak to us. Tonight He used my son to speak to me words of affirmation and hope. What a sweet end to my time with the LORD. I look forward to the next time that I set apart a few days to seek after Him. I know that He will speak to me in a profound way, but still with simplicity and truth.

And so I walked away from another day¬†having experienced the living WORD of God. It is awesome when the LORD uses experiences to drive home a Scripture passage. I will never again look at Elijah’s plight the same again. Here the prophet was running away from a woman, scared for his life and he finds the LORD where he least expect Him. It is a lesson for me that God does not need to speak to me through a big production, but can and will use the simple things to show me His will.

Daily Muse:

I am really grateful for my friend who went on this journey with me. It reminds me of the friendship that Jonathan and David had. You know a wise woman once told me that every man needs a Paul in their lives, a Timothy in their lives, and a Barnabas in their lives. I would add to that a Jonathan. There is something very heartwarming about knowing you have a true friend in the wings to help you through difficult times, to encourage you and to just be a friend. Thanks Mike! You Rock!

Daily Prayer:

LORD, thank You for showing me what I needed to see. I still have many questions but I think that You have answered a couple of the most pressing questions that I have through this time I have set apart with You these past days. LORD I lift up my brother to You as well, for his faithfulness and encouragement, for his insistence that I spend this quality time with You. I have walked away from this time with a deeper understanding of my weakness and my need for You, a better handle on some things regarding my business and daily life, and answers to some of the questions I have surrounding my calling. And so I just want to say thank You for giving me the answers I needed through the experience. I love You LORD and I know that my rest tonight will be sweet and uninhibited. Thank You for all that You do in me and through me. I praise Your mighty name.   -Amen

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