Sometimes I feel as if life is an endless game show filled with segments of Charades, Hangman and Wheel of Fortune. Like a Nickelodeon late night rerun, I have moments where I feel as if I am acting out life just as God intended. Unfortunately, there are other choices, decisions and errors I make which put me one step closer to game over. Or there are days like today in which I am compelled to buy a vowel so I can begin to solve the puzzle staring at me. In other words, give me a clue Lord.
The prophet Elijah had similar feelings in 1 Kings 19:10. After receiving a death threat from Queen Jezebel, Elijah literally runs for his life without crying out to the Lord in prayer. While on the run, Elijah begins to feel all alone, as if there is no one else on earth who understands what he is going through. In this desperate state, the Lord gives Elijah a series of clues to bring him back on track, 1 Kings 19:11-13.
Besides fasting, prayer and reading the Bible, there is one clue most believers fail to notice or recognize, the whisper of God. No, I am not talking about The Sixth Sense scene when Cole says, “I see dead people!” Rather, I am referring to God’s still small voice, similar to a sheep being able to recognize their shepherd’s voice, John 10:4-5. If you are paying attention to your surroundings, alert and sober, you will be more likely to discern what God wants you to do, respond or say, leading to more clues.
Like the search in the first National Treasure film, your quest for life’s answers can lead you on a wild goose chase. In fact, those around you may even try to convince you to quit, giving up before you obtain your dream. Nonetheless, this is when you have to dig down deep, cling to what you know is right and follow the Holy Spirit, Galatians 5:25. There will be distractions along the way, Matthew 7:13-14, but if you fully obey God’s commands, these clues will lead you to a promised land, Deuteronomy 28:1-2.
by Jay Mankus