God–King of the Universe?
God–King of the Universe?
Do you ever have one of those strange, fleeting thoughts that causes you to pause and consider, “Now where did that come from?”
Listen to that little voice in your head, oftentimes, you’ll find it’s the voice of God.
Where God Wants to Reign
A few weeks ago, I had one of those thoughts. I knew it couldn’t have been my own, because it caught me by surprise. The voice in my head whispered, “I don’t want to be King of the universe. I want to be King of your heart.”
The words struck me as being odd simply because, God is the King of the Universe. But rather than rule mightily throughout the infinitude of creation, God said He wants to set up Kingdom in the small, unimpressive, and sometimes messy domain of my heart.
I didn’t get it. I was amazed by the comparison but a bit confused as to what it meant. Thankfully, God explained.
The Still, Small Voice
God brought to mind the story of Elijah the prophet, found in 1 Kings chapter 19. The text tells us that God told Elijah to, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by (v.11).”
As the story goes, “a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper (v.11-12).”
It was the gentle whisper that signaled the presence of the King, not the big, bold, miraculous signs.
Yes, God is the King of the Universe, but that is not how He wants to relate to us. God doesn’t want to thunder His voice from the clouds. He wants to whisper into our hearts. He doesn’t want to use loud, fiery spectacles to get our attention. He wants to walk with us in the cool of the day as He did in Eden.
It’s significant to note that this event took place immediately after Elijah called on God to perform an incredible miracle, proving Yahweh’s supremacy among the foreign gods. Elijah’s life was threatened immediately after this spectacle, so he ran into the wilderness and sought refuge at Mount Horeb, the Mountain of God.
Mount Horeb is the biblical location of many miraculous events. Elijah was not told to go there, but chose to ascend the mountain on his own. After having his life threatened, Elijah sought God in a place where He expected to find Him. Perhaps Elijah was, once again, seeking miraculous confirmation from God that he was indeed chosen and anointed for such a dangerous calling.
Where do You Look for God?
How often do we seek God in the big? Do we ask for signs? Do we search for Him in the same old places? Do we ask for signs to confirm what He’s said time and time again?
God is gracious, often meeting us right where we are, but God’s nature and character is not to put on some big extravagant performance. Instead, He’d rather whisper into the stillness of our souls.
Listen for God’s voice this week. Seek Him in the small. Search for Him in the unimpressive. You might be surprised where you find Him.