“Guidance is complicated and delicate. God must teach a leader to discern guidance, without thwarting the leader’s personal initiate.”
–Dr. J. Robert Clinton, The Making of a Leader
God never changes, he has no turning. He is a rock, unshakable. He has made plain his glory to all of creation. Yet discerning his will can be a mystery. Like the sun darting in and out from behind the clouds, your eyes continually readjust to the light of day. I can’t help but think, there is something to behold in this process. He can easily relay a mere message to us. Why does his will seem so hard to pinpoint?
Elijah feared for his life. He was depressed, ready to quit. Ready to end it all. God refreshed him physically, enough for him to travel 40 days and 40 nights to Horeb. The mountain of the Lord.
Clearly God had an appointment with Elijah.
A great and powerful wind tore the mountain 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. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he recognized the still, quiet voice of the Lord God Almighty.
In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength. Isaiah 30:15.
Have you been waiting for a wind, earthquake, a fire to show you God’s will for your life? Maybe he wants to draw you away to his mountain, to meet with you. After all, guidance is complicated and delicate. But one gentle whisper from the Almighty God is enough to refresh, give vision, direction, and strategy for the next generation or season of life.
Elijah began to mentor Elisha, a relationship born from the pain and persecution Elijah ran from. God has a great and noble purpose for your life. Seek him to guide you.
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