When I think of God speaking to someone, my mind thinks “deep”, “loud”, “forceful”, and other words like that. But, remember the incident where Elijah tells God that he feels all alone of the people who worship the Lord:
Behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and He said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He [Elijah] said, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword. And I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.” (I Kings 19:9-10)
Elijah complained that he was all alone. But, God is going to tell him that he is indeed not alone. Elisha and seven thousand other Israelites have not bowed to Baal. However, my point today is not the answer, but HOW God answered:
So He said, “Go forth and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking 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. After the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire, and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. And behold, a voice came to him and said, … (I Kings 19:11-13)
God didn’t speak through the earthquake, or the wind that was so strong it broke rocks. He didn’t speak through the fire.
He spoke out of the gentle breeze! His voice is sometimes quiet, like a whisper.
THIS is why we have “quiet times” (i.e. a devotional life)! Because God won’t always shout at us. Sometimes He speaks in a very quiet voice. But, we should always be listening for His voice, so we may need quiet in order to hear it!