Elijah: The Whisper of God
Bible Reading: 1 Kings 19:1-18
Last week we read of how God and Elijah defeated Baal and the 450 prophets, and how all of Israel came to see that God was the true God. If this were a movie, we would expect the story to be wrapping up after the final battle. Sometimes we read the Bible like a story man made, and we look for happy endings, but we must remember that these are real life stories. Even though Elijah won the showdown, his story is not done, and neither are his problems.
It does not take long for word to get to Queen Jezebel that Elijah has defeated the prophets of Baal. She is angry that Baal has been defeated, and she is enraged towards Elijah. After the showdown, 1 Kings 18:40 tells us that Elijah had all of Baal’s prophets killed, so they could no longer lead Israel astray. Queen Jezebel offers up a serious threat to Elijah’s life. She sends him a message saying, ““So may the gods do to me and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by this time tomorrow.” She has threatened to kill Elijah within 24 hours, which causes Elijah to flee in fear. Even though God has provided for and protected Elijah for many years, Elijah panics when facing the queen’s wrath.
Elijah runs until he can run no more. God sends an angel to offer Elijah food and water, and Elijah sleeps for a long time. His heart and mind are burdened with fear and sadness. He wishes for God to take his life now and give him rest, but God has a plan to comfort and give Elijah peace. The food and water the angel delivers have been blessed by God, and Elijah travels for 40 days without food or water. He arrives at a cave where he chooses to hide. It is here that God speaks to Elijah’s heart. A strong, tornado-like wind blows over the cave, the earth shakes, and a fire ignites at the entrance of the cave. Elijah is surrounded by terrifying circumstances, but in the midst of all the chaos he hears a whisper. The whisper of God breaks through the noise of the world, and He speaks directly to Elijah. “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
What stands out the most to me in this story is one phrase that happens three times. After every natural disaster that strikes, the Bible says, “but the Lord was not in the wind/earthquake/fire.” In all of the chaos and fear going on around Elijah, God was not causing it. God allowed the circumstances to occur, but then He spoke through them to Elijah. Elijah was never abandoned by God, or left to face these things alone. In the midst of terrifying conditions, God’s whisper was enough to break through. He saw where Elijah was, and He spoke to Him whispers of comfort and peace. In different seasons of life, we may be in the midst of chaotic times, and our world can feel upside down and filled with anxiety. In those seasons of life, it is so easy to become overwhelmed and defeated by life. It is during these seasons that we need to hear the whisper of God.
Call to Action: We all know what these seasons of fear and anxiety feel life. How can we hear from God during these times? Simply put, we must go to Him. We must find a time and place to go and seek God in prayer. We know from God’s Word that we can cast our cares on Him because He cares for us, so in these stressful times we need to cast our cares on Him. In this life we will have troubles, put we can rest in the One who has overcome the world. We have to start praying again! Remember this: God so loved the world that He sent His Son to die on the cross to forgive us of our sins. If you believe that God loved you enough to do that, will you also trust Him with all of these other smaller things? Seek God in prayer, and listen for His whispers of peace.