... And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake 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: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. 1 Kings 19: 11b-12 (KJV)
As this devotion is being written workers are rebuilding various communities which have been torn apart by tornados, tornados both large and small.
As this devotion is being written people in Joplin, Missouri, are still looking for their lost neighbors and family members.
As this devotion is being written the weather folks are pouring over their maps so they might predict where the next twister is going to touch down. It's been a frightening spring, a spring when many lives have been turned topsy-turvy, when people sigh in the knowledge their lives will never again be the same.
It is for such people that this devotion is being written.
There is little doubt that many of you -- or at least many of the people whom you know -- have asked this question: "Where is God in all this?" It was a question which was asked by Elijah as the prophet watched a great wind, a wind strong enough to rend the mountains and break rocks into pieces passed by.
It almost sounds as if Elijah had been watching an F-5 tornado. No matter how strong or destructive was the wind that passed by that day, Scripture records that "the Lord was not in the wind." Nor was the Lord in the earthquake or the fire that Elijah experienced.
No, the Lord came to His man in the form of a still, small voice -- a voice that might have gone unnoticed if Elijah hadn't been listening.
It occurs to me that no matter what the skeptics and cynics may say, the same thing has been happening this spring. While the tornadoes and hurricanes and earthquakes and tsunamis have managed to gather front-page headlines, God's voice of Scripture has been largely unnoticed.
Still, for those who are listening, the Bible speaks in a still, small voice. Thousands of years ago the prophet Isaiah recorded God's Words. Won't you listen to those words that are still as real today as when they were first recorded?
The Lord says: ... "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior ..." (Isaiah 43:1b-3a).
No matter what may come and no matter what tragedy may happen, the Lord remains with us. He who sent His Son to seek and save the lost will not leave us comfortless. On the contrary, God has promised to preserve and strengthen us, to comfort and assist us.
That is what will happen if we hear the Lord's still, small voice.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, all around us swirl the winds, the flames and the news of disaster. Grant us the grace to hear You as You speak to us words of comfort. May we rejoice that the Savior who died and rose to save us is even now by our side. Today I give thanks for the Christ, the Holy One, our Savior. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries