God's Guiding Presence

For our intern teaching this month, London shared on how we hear from God during times of uncertainty and stress. As we all face difficulties, stress, and unknown situations - often we may ask the question, how do we look to God for direction? In times of stress, how do we practically hear God for direction on what to do? We looked at a portion of the life of Elijah, and incredible Old Testament prophet who exemplified great faith in God. the Bible passage that was focused on was in 1 Kings 19:9-18. If you don’t know the story leading up to this passage, of Elijah defeating the prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel with a rain of fire - it’s an epic one, and you should go read that ASAP! But to set up a tad of context for this blog, Elijah has this epic God vs. god death match, where our God proves to be real and powerful and makes the followers of the so-called god Baal absolutely silly. Afterwards, the evil queen Jezebel had the prophets of God killed, and was hunting Elijah to kill him too. So Elijah fled for his life to Horeb, and here he has an important exchange with God…

Elijah, in fear and uncertainty with what was going to happen with him, was on a mountain and found direction in the presence of the Lord. Look at the exchange between God and Elijah in 1 Kings 19:11-12,

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…

The story goes on, and to summarize, right after this gentle whisper of the LORD, God tells Elijah exactly what to do with his life. He lets Elijah know exactly where to go, to anoint certain people kings, to anoint Elisha to be his successor. In a time when Elijah would have been full of fear and uncertainty, he spent time in the presence of the Lord and found direction. To find direction in times of fear and uncertainty, spend time in God’s presence to hear God’s direction. Elijah was by himself and in the presence of the Lord, and God spoke to him and gave direction. We are constantly surrounded by distractions in this technology age — are you wanting to hear from God? Try shutting down and intentionally spending time in His presence to hear His guiding voice. It takes some real intentionality on our part, but if we slow down and give God intentional time, seek Him in prayer, He will guide. It may not be as direct and prompt as His message was for Elijah, but He will guide us if we seek His voice.