There is a great parallel linking between when God passed by Elijah on the mountain in 1 Kings 19 and when God appeared to Moses on the mountain in Exodus 19.
Exodus 19:16-20 describes: “On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled. Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the LORD descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, the whole mountain trembled violently, and the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder. Then Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him.”
Compare this to when God revealed Himself to Elijah on the mountaintop.
1 Kings 19:11-13 says : 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. So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
Elijah, being a prophet of God, versed in Jewish history and the presence of God would have known about how God works around mountains. Perhaps he expected, since God had sent him to a mountain that he would hear the thunderous might of His voice, described in psalms as a multitude of waterfalls and thunders.
But God pulled the unexpected on Elijah. He spoke to Moses with power and noise but He spoke to Elijah with stillness and a whisper. Rather than manifest Himself in all His brilliant glory and splendid power, He chose to use His still quiet voice..
God doesn’t always whisper. Sometimes He shouts and creates quite a moment. When God visited Moses and the multitudes at Mt. Sinai, he didn’t use His “inside voice.”
It’s important to hear God how He is speaking though. Sometimes God speaks with great volume… other times He speaks so softly we have to be listening to hear Him.
Dont go looking for the noise and discounting the quiet if that is how God is speaking today. Dont try and turn up the volume when God is whispering. Listen. God speaks.