Hurricane…Fires…Earthquake…Hurricane – It has been an interesting few weeks. And if you have paid attention to such things you will find many people with many points of view have claimed these natural disasters are some sort of divine message trying to tell us whatever it is the person making the claim wants us to hear. I cannot help but think of Elijah at Horeb:
So He said, “Go forth and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks 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. After the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. And behold, a voice came to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
God did not speak through the heavy winds, the earthquake or the fire – He spoke in the gentle blowing. We have to listen to God’s voice, He does not shout at us. But when He speaks…
On that day, when evening came, He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd, they *took Him along with them in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him. And there *arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up. Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they *woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
It is God’s voice that calms the uproar the earth is making. It is God’s voice that will calm the uproar we are, and have been experiencing these last weeks. It is in that voice that we place our faith.