This is a study guide to go along with the video devotional “Waiting For the Whisper” found at vimeo.com. If you would like the study guide sent to you in a different format, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Read through the story of Elijah in I Kings 19.
In verse 4 (NLT), it says, “Elijah sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. ‘I have had enough, Lord,’ he said. ‘Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors.” Think of a time or situation where you have felt like “you have had enough.” Write out your thoughts and memories of the situation.
2. Verse 11-13 describes Elijah witnessing the windstorm, earthquake, and fire. Why do you think God allowed Elijah to experience these three events, even though God was not IN them?
3. The NIV Study Bible says this about verse 12: “In the symbolism of these occurrences (vv.1-12) the Lord appears to be telling Elijah that although his servant’s indictment of Israel was a call for God to judge his people with a windstorm, earthquake and fire, it was not God’s will to do so now. Elijah must return to continue God’s mission to his people, and Elisha is to carry it on to another generation.”
Elijah wanted God to work in a certain way, but yet it wasn’t God’s plan. Write about a situation that you wanted God to work in a certain way, and yet He chose not to work that way.
4. What are some of the emotions you experiences when you realized God wasn’t working the way you thought He should?
5. What are some things you are praying for God to move in right now? Take an honest assessment of your heart: Are you expecting him to move in a certain way or time frame? What are you hoping for?
6. Are you open to God answering your prayers in a different way? Are you holding on to frustration and bitterness over prayers that weren’t answered the way you wanted them to be answered? If so, write out your feelings and let go of those resentments and expectations.
7. Write out Psalm 143:7-10.
8. Psalm 77:12-14 (NIV) says:
I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.” Your ways, God, are holy. What god is as great as our God? You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.
Take a moment and “meditate on all Your mighty deeds.” Think of times where God has showed himself faithful to you. Remind yourself of the great things He has done in your life and in the lives of those you know and love. Write your thoughts here.
9. Commit yourself to waiting patiently for God to move in HIS way and in HIS timing. Write out a prayer of surrender and commitment to stay faithful in this season.
Lamentations 3:22-24 (NIV) says:
Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”
Praying for you today as you wait for the whisper! You are loved!