God’s Gentle Whisper

When I was younger I loved the story of Elijah on Mt. Carmel.  I would imagine how incredibly powerful it must have felt to see the fire fall from the sky and completely humble the opponents of God.  Now that I’m older I’m more drawn to the next chapter where Elijah hears the gentle whisper of God on Mt. Horeb.  I once wanted to do something spectacular for God!  Now, I sometimes find myself just trying to survive.

The world is too big and I am too small.  The problems are greater than I ever imagined them to be in my youth.  A big splash today is but a puddle tomorrow and then it just evaporates.  Our problems will not be solved even if fire fell from heaven.  Perhaps this awareness puts us where God has wanted us all along.

Instead of attempting the big splash what if we all just committed ourselves to living holy lives and loving people?  What if only 50 of us did that?  What if only 10?  What if it was only you and I who decided that for 2013 we would live the gospel in whatever situation we found ourselves?  My guess is that we would find the power of the gospel to be far richer and deeper than we ever imagined.

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.

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3 Responses to “God’s Gentle Whisper”

  1. Beautifully and simply put.

  2. avatar Una Keen says:

    I personally needed to be reminded how powerful God is & I enjoy very much reflecting on how & what God uses for his purpose. I haven’t read this story of Elijah in a while, but I also realize that God might be sending me or any of us a “gentle whisper”. I for one, don’t want to miss it! I enjoyed your sermon very much as always, keep teaching the WORD, Byron. In HIM, Una

  3. avatar Tommy says:

    “Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions” (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow).

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