That question has been asked in several different forms over the last several years and even in the last several weeks. The answers are:
A). in a great wind
B). in an earthquake
C). in a fire
D). after a moment of silence.
The great winds are invisible like God, just look at the effect of hurricanes like Katrina, Rita, and Camille, but God isn’t in the wind; earthquakes are powerful like God (San Francisco, 1906 and Haiti, 2010), but God isn’t in the earthquake; fires are bright like God (Great fire of London, 1666 and the Great fire of Chicago, 1871), but God isn’t in the fire.
The answer is (D). After a moment of silence the prophet Elijah was told to go and stand on a mountain, and he was promised that the Lord would pass by. You might recall that Elijah saw a great wind, an earthquake and a fire, but it was only after a moment of silence that he heard the voice of God clearly (1 Kings 19:11-15).
There are many things in life that are powerful and dramatic, but God is not in them. I find that it is usually after a time of silence that I sense God’s presence most strongly. Do you ever spend just a few moments in quietness? Can you recall the last time you spent in silence specifically listening, waiting, expecting to hear God’s voice in your life? Let me encourage you to find some quiet time each day when you can sense God close to you!
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)