Jaws, E.T., Indiana Jones, Empire of the Sun, Hook, Schindler’s List, Amistad – just to name a few. Mr. Spielberg is arguably the most decorated and talented director of the 21st Century. His list of great movies directed is only rivaled by his list of great movies produced. Whether Spielberg is your favorite or the likes of J.J. Abrams (LOST, Mission Impossible), M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs), or Jerry Bruckheimer (Black Hawk Down, Pirates of the Caribbean) – you can agree movie goers over the past two decades have feasted themselves on action packed movies. Movies that distort reality, create alternate universes, and blow up a whole ton of stuff!
A question I would ask us to consider, is if and how our craving for extraordinary, over-the-top storylines and special effects has distorted our ability to hear the voice of our Heavenly Father. Can we see His hands at work if we aren’t “blown away”? In a society where everything must be bigger, faster, louder, and more impressive than the last experience, it is no wonder a whole generation of Christ-followers are having a hard time hearing the voice of God. Who among us actually pursues still waters and green pastures? I’m not asking the question ‘who wants peace’, but instead I fear we are quickly losing the willingness to pursue and the ability to appreciate the still small voice of God.
In 1 Kings 19, God reveals Himself to Elijah. A majority of us would expect a personal revelation from God to include a massive display of power, strength, volume, and might. If any one of us were in the Director’s chair, we would likely include big explosions, people running and screaming, and the kinds of scenes you would only find in a War of the Worlds kind of cinema. But this is not how God reveals Himself. Oh, yes. Elements like I’ve just described happened. A “great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks into pieces.” This was followed by an earthquake and what I have to image was a rather impressive fire blazing out of control. But the Bible is abundantly clear. God was not in any of these. Each of these dramatic, impressive, five senses-engaging events did not contain the revelation of God to Elijah.
“[…] And after the fire, a still small voice,” verse twelve reads. A still small voice. Well that isn’t very exciting, is it? That will certainly not win any Oscars! No box office records are going to be shattered by “a still small voice.” But none of this is the motivation of our Heavenly Father. When God reveals Himself to us, so often He actually chooses not to compete with the things of this world. As like in so many other wonderful ways, He is the absolute polar opposite of the things of this world – a truth for which we must all be eternally grateful.
So if you find yourself distant from God, praying for His will and His ways for your life, or in a season of seeking God’s revelation to you, His divine, providential answers – don’t wait for something to explode. Don’t seek the bells and whistles this life pushes in front of you. Don’t demand fire in the sky or the earth to shake beneath your feet. You won’t find Him there. Your silent, humble heart will find Him in the still small voice.