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; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. I Kings 19:11-12
God is a kind and gracious Father. He is also a whispering God. His voice is heard in the wind of his Holy Spirit. He is comforting in His encouragement. He is specific in His instruction, enabling us to make decisive and wise decisions. My experience of Him as Abba encompasses all of these. Even when He has had to discipline me, I have known Him to be kind.
I have never understood when someone admits, “I’m hard headed. God has to hit me upside the head to get me to listen.” Stubbornness is not a badge of honor for any of us. Perhaps Jesus would want to ask, “Wouldn’t you want a whispering Father instead?”
Does God deal differently with different types of people? There are larger than life personalities. There are strong-willed saints. There are rebellious believers. And there are disciples who are gentle of heart. Each could, I guess, require a different approach from Abba Daddy. But if each of us is called to be humble before God ~ no matter who we are or how we’re wired ~ wouldn’t His whisper suffice?
I recall that the prophets who encountered the revelation of God in the O.T. fell on their face and were undone. They embodied humility. ‘Humble” comes from the word ‘humus’ – meaning ‘dirt’. We are not worthless as dirt but we are face down in the dirt as we are prostrate before a holy God.
To whom will the Lord be revealed? To the one who walks humbly with their God. Elijah, the larger than life prophet, heard God in the wind. He exemplified Deuteronomy 8:6 It’s paramount that you keep the commandments of God, your God, and that you walk down the roads he shows you and reverently respect him. The Message
Father God, may You never have to raise Your voice to my stubbornness. Amen