So I’m sitting on a plane and just took off, the sun isn’t up yet so it’s still pretty dark outside and we’re taxiing towards the runway. The taxi ways are just lit up enough to see but then we come to the runway and it is really lit up.
I think God’s holy Spirit is like that. We can wander in the dark but God’s Holy Spirit will be clear to us in the darkness. It may not be loud or flashy, but it will be clear.
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. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 1 Kings 19:11-12
God told Elijah to stand on the mountain in His presence, then God proceeded to perform incredible acts through wind, earthquake and fire. He created those acts but was not in them. The more amazing act was God speaking in a still small voice, as the King James version says.
As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
Paul on the other hand was a very different encounter. Bright light clear, loud voice. Even the men with Saul heard the voice.
God certainly speaks to us in different ways. I know God has spoken to me through His peace and also through music. At times we need to quiet ourselves in the chaos of life, take our eyes of the things ariund us, so we can truly hear God speaking to us. I believe we can be assured that when He does speak, regardless of the means, it will be clear and we will know it is Him. It’s up to us to choose to be looking and listening for God’s voice and presence as we walk each day.