This morning, Typhoon Haiyan is devastating the Philippines. Wind speeds of 190 mph make this storm one of the largest recorded natural disasters in history. Once Haiyan passes by, the Filipino people who survive will pick up the pieces of a demolished homeland.
According to the Bible, God often speaks through the forces of nature. In the story of Job, God answered Job “out of the whirlwind”. (Job 38:1). The book of Revelation tells the story of God punishing the world through famines, plagues, and cosmic disturbances. Author and preacher John Hagee has written a book (Four Blood Moons) with the idea that the Lord will speak to man through “signs in the heavens” prior to the return of Jesus Christ.
But how does God speak to us on a daily basis? Elijah had been used of God to humiliate King Ahab and the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18). Ahab’s wicked wife Jezebel “put out a hit” on Elijah’s life, whereby Elijah responded in fear, holing himself up in a cave. The story records that God did not speak to Elijah through wind, an earthquake or fire. He gave a message of strength and encouragement through a “still small voice.”
God speaks to us through other people, His Word, and yes, sometimes through the events of life. Most times, though, He communicates through our conscience and the presence of His Spirit working in our hearts and minds. His “still small voice” gives us power to overcome the obstacles, the willpower to conquer our fears and the courage to move forward for His glory.
Do you hear Him above all the noise? Shhhh. Just listen. Hear Him calling out your name. He is here….speaking to your heart. You will never be the same.