And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. I Kings 19:12
There are a couple things I want to share with you this morning. First of all, yesterday God reminded me of a book by Judy Jacobs called Take it by Force.
He prompted me to read one particular chapter that dealt with a spirit of prevention. I had never heard of this spirit, although it makes perfect sense. Judy shared how God showed her that it was hindering her prayer from coming through. He instructed her to deal with it and get rid of it. She followed God’s instruction and the answer to her prayer manifested.
You can also read about hindering forces in the book of Daniel, when Daniel waited on his prayers to be answered.
As I was thinking on this, I began to think about the place where we are in the spirit. I personally don’t believe we are in labor any longer, but in delivery. As I was thinking about this, I remembered how it was when I was in the delivery room with my when she had Bryson. It was chaos. Chaos is defined as confusion and disorder. That is exactly what was going on.
There were two or three doctors in there, as well as a half a dozen nurses. Everyone was doing something different and everyone was saying something different to Breanne. Commotion was going on all around her. Distractions were everywhere.
I noticed she began to look like a deer caught in the headlights. I quickly stepped up behind her head and I placed my hands on each side of her face. I leaned in really close and I began to talk to her. I told her what was going on and that everything was fine. I told her to just lie still and stay calm, that Bryson would be here shortly.
This still small voice seemed to bring calmness to her. She was able to stop being anxious and just listen to my voice. In just a few moments it was over, and she had a healthy little boy.
So, it is in this same place of delivery. There seems to be chaos everywhere. So much is going on at one time. Most of it…distractions. Their purpose is to keep your focus off God. Avoid all the distractions you can. I realize, some things are simply things we have to deal with on a daily basis – those you can’t avoid.
The key here is to learn to focus on that still, small voice in spite of the chaos and distractions. Tune into that voice and listen. And stay calm.
Remember in the book of 1 Kings 19:12, God had come to deliver Elijah from the place he had escaped to. Suddenly, an earthquake came! Then a fire. But God was not in either of those. However, one thing did prove to be where God could be found. In the still small voice. Elijah listened and heeded that voice.
That’s what you need to tune into during this time of delivery of your miracle. Don’t look at the fire that would attempt to get your attention. Pay no attention to the shaking of quakes that is going on in your life. Zero in on one thing. Focus on and give your full attention to that still, small voice. Listen to God and do whatever He says to do. He will cause delivery to come forth as you listen and obey.
Delivery will come. You will hold your miracle in your arms. I encourage you today, whatever is going on; find a quiet place, get before the Lord and listen for His voice. I promise you He is speaking – just listen and obey.
Meditate on this:
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. John 10