God Restores Elijah’s Confidence (1 Kings 19:11 – 19:18)

God called Elijah out of the cave in which he was hiding, and told him to stand on the mountain before the Lord.  A strong wind came by, tearing into the mountain and breaking rocks, but the Lord was not in it.  Afterwards an earthquake hit, but the Lord was not in in either.  A fire came, but the Lord was not in that, but after the fire, there was a still, small voice.  When Elijah heard the voice, he wrapped his face in his mantle and stood in the entrance to the cave.  The voice asked why he was there.  Elijah rehearsed his actions of zeal for the name of the Lord, and his actions against the prophets of Baal.  He then announced that he was the last person standing for God, and that they wanted to kill him, too!  To begin with, Gog just ignored Elijah’s rant and chose rather to begin giving him instructions:  anoint Hazael as king over Syria, anoint Jehu as king over Israel, anoint Elisha as your successor as prophet.  These men will bring justice and judgement upon Israel, and, oh, by the way, I have seven thousand in Israel who have not bowed their knee to or kissed Baal.

So, here God gives Elijah a bit of a wake-up call.  I know you think you are alone, but I have three rulers ready to pick up the cause, and then I have seven thousand more who still worship me, so “get over it.”  While that may seem a bit straightforward, it was God giving a Fatherly pep talk to a son who was feeling a bit low.  We need to hear from God, when we are sad, mad, or glad.  God’s word is not just for when we feel spiritually poised for greatness.  We need to hear from God when we are depressed, in despair, or even when we are just plain pouting.  Even when you are hiding in a cave, keep your ears open, because God has some encouraging words if you will just listen.  

Oh, and one more thought:  the next time you think you must be in a highly-charged Pentecostal service, or else hear from a prophetic preacher in order to get a word from the Lord, listen to the story of Elijah.  God was not in the wind, the earthquake, or the fire–although He could have spoken that way–but instead spoke to Elijah directly in a still small voice.  Although I am thoroughly Pentecostal, and an extreme extrovert, I am humble enough to realize that God does not always speak to His people in the same way, or in my loud or dramatic way.  God speaks to us in His way, and we should ALWAYS be listening.

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