After Elijah’s victories in I Kings, 18 he was hiding and desperately seeking God by chapter 19. Then things happened. In the 11th through 13th verses; “ … a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake 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: and after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave…”
After fervent prayer, I would be awestruck if a tornado blew, an earthquake rumbled, or a fireball fell from heaven – let alone all three sequentially. But Elijah knew God’s voice. He ignored the drama; waiting for the voice of God. He knew it when he heard it and got up.
We are in a historic time. We don’t know how the pandemic will end. There’s a lot of voices out there.
In Kansas City last week, a man was listening to the wrong voices. Driven by “religious, racial and anti-government beliefs” for months, the current pandemic was the last straw. To him, the whole thing is a conspiracy to drive the American populace to something he doesn’t like. His solution was to gather explosives to blow up a hospital caring for Covid-19 patients. He was killed in a confrontation with FBI agents who closed in on him.
Dogmas are not helpful. Unstable and impressionable listeners can’t filter or properly process what they hear in a normal conversation. Add to that the dogma often associated with religious, racial and anti-government beliefs, and you have a deadly concoction. There are more out there where this Kansas City example came from.
Watch out for Dogmas in this current situation. Open your bibles and spend time in prayer. Hear God and be ready for those who don’t.
Think about it…
Peter was the dogmatic disciple. Like some good people today, he was quick with reckless statements and reactions. When Moses and Elijah were seen with Jesus, Peter made a proclamation.
How God responded to Peter in Luke 9:35 is applicable today, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.”
Listen well; lead well.