In I Kings 19:11-12 God passed by Elijah – “Then He said, ‘Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.’ And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces 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.”
It is interesting that God came to Elijah not in the dramatic wind, an earthquake or a fire but in a still small voice. God is not limited in his communication and has made dramatic revelations where it serves his purposes. He is said to communicate through a whirlwind in Job 38:1, to announce His presence by an earthquake in Exodus 19:18, and to speak in a voice that sounded like thunder in I Samuel 2:10 among other dramatic manifestations. In fact, the very place that Elijah was at in this passage was in the proximity of the place where God came to Moses in a burning bush. However, today God generally speaks to Christians through the Holy Spirit in a quieter manner and we need to be spiritually aware and listening closely in prayer, Bible reading and meditation to hear it. We should not let it get drowned out by the cares of the world or the search for dramatic revelations or manifestations which might result in us missing God’s still small voice.