Meditations by John Dean

Monday, May 4, 2020

Still, Small Voice

(1Kings 19:12-13 and after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave….

All through the Old Testament God gives us prophetic clues as to what the next season will be. The church has just come through what I call, the wind, earthquake and fire season … or should I say, the (signs, wonders and great church growth season), and now it’s entering the “still small voice” season.
We can see the progression to this present season when God spoke to Elijah from the entrance of his cave and basically told him their method of communication had changed. It had changed to the degree that it was the “still small voice”, that got Elijah out of the back of the cave and into a position of hearing God for his next assignment. One of the changes that needed to take place in Elijah’s life was heightened hearing. The reason that Elijah needed a tune up on his hearing is because there is a big difference between the sound of wind, earthquake and fire and the sound of the still small voice.
The same principle is true with the Elijah Church. God is calling us to come out of our cave, (that place of safety), so we can hear our new assignment as well. Because the new assignment can only come by way of the “still small voice”, it means that the wind, earthquake and fire days are over as we know them.
I absolutely loved those days and I feel so honored to have been a full participant in them.  However, I do believe the coming days are going to be even greater and more powerful than anything in the past.
Like Elijah, we too are going to have to develop our own heightened hearing. As we do, I think we will discover that the still small voice is louder and more impactful than that of the wind, earthquake and fire.
While sitting on a rock by the San Saba river as a twelve-year-old boy … that still small voice came to me. Even though I had never met the Lord, I knew Him. I remember feeling totally encapsulated by the cloud of His presence and yet I was not afraid. He called me and gave me my assignment much like He did Elijah. That is certainly not to imply that Elijah and I are the same, only the still small voice was the same.
Even though it was years later before I came to know the Lord, this twelve-year-old, bashful, insecure boy, never forgot that day sitting on the rock. I could barely hear the sound of His voice… but that sound had the impact of a mighty thunder bolt in my heart. Like Elijah, the still small voice changed my life forever.
The Elijah church is going to be one of raising up mighty double portion men just like Elisha. Praise God!!!
Thank You for this new season of the still small voice. Help us to have heightened hearing in order to be good stewards of this wonderful call that You have entrusted to us. It is our desire to raise up Elisha’s for the kingdom of God.

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