Sunday: August 9, 2020
Reference: 1 Kings 19:9-13
1 Kings 19:11b-12 A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before God, but God wasn’t to be found in the wind; after the wind an earthquake, but God wasn’t in the earthquake; and after the earthquake fire, but God wasn’t in the fire; and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper.
In spite of the many style of play such as high press, possession, long balls and counter attacking, or the myriad of tactical formations possible in a game of soccer, many managers are known for a particular combination. On many fronts, that can be associated with predictability because ‘everybody knows what to expect’ from them and this can be an advantage or a disadvantage. On the plus side, while predictability suggests familiarity hence better execution, it also has a downside of enforcing a stereotype that there is no other way.
This is that one message which Elijah’s encounter on the mountain presents: after a strong wind, an earthquake and a fire, God manifested in a gentle breeze. We ought to pay a bit more attention because if God intended to reveal Himself in the gentle breeze as we read, why bother with the previous manifestations?
When we read ‘I am the Lord, I change not’, it is easy to cast our minds to one single word ‘predictability’. But this encounter tells a different story as though God wanted to tell us ‘I change not, does not mean I have only one way’. In scripture, some people were healed with a touch, some with a word, others with instruction and even some forced healing out of Jesus, like the woman with the issue of blood. That is a significant degree of randomness.
So my dear,
do not let your understanding of predictability alter your awareness of the infinite possibilities available in God.