wind . . . earthquake . . . fire. These phenomena were indications of God’s presence on Mount Sinai (Ex. 19:18, 19; 20:18; 24:17; Deut. 4:11, 12; 5:22–25), but God does not reveal Himself to Elijah through them.
a low whisper. The Lord answers Elijah in an unexpected way. God is present in near silence. Contrary to the notions of Elijah, divine silence does not mean divine inactivity.