The LORD is dealing with the prophet Elijah in this chapter of 1 Kings 19.
Elijah is overwrought and needs some real psychological help.
I do think there are times in some people’s lives that consulting a psychologist is needed. Most of us, however, could solve our problems if we crawled on the couch of the LORD Jesus and told Him everything that was on our mind. We wouldn’t have to be running around telling everybody else about our trouble and problems if we would just talk them over with Him.
1 Kings 19:11 (The Message Bible):
 Then he was told “Go stand on the mountain at attention before God. God will pass by.” A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before God, but God wasn’t to be found in the wind; after the wind an earthquake, but God wasn’t in the earthquake.
First of all, there was a great and strong wind that split the mountains and broke rocks.
Oh, did Elijah love a good wind storm!
Then the mountains rolled and shook under his feet!
He loved it–he was that type of man.
And after the EARTHQUAKE, a FIRE; but the LORD was not in the FIRE; and after the FIRE, “A STILL SMALL VOICE” (1 Kings 19:12).
After the EARTHQUAKE there was FIRE. After all, Elijah was the man who brought FIRE down from heaven on Mt. Carmel. He like that too!
Now wait just one minute. God wasn’t in the strong wind, nor the earthquake, nor the fire.
It was after the fire that came a “still small voice.”
If there was one thing that Elijah didn’t like, it was a still small voice. God was TEACHING Elijah an important lesson in life.
The battle wasn’t actually WON on top of Mt. Carmel by FIRE coming down from heaven.
God moves in mysterious and unpretentious ways.
God moves in a quiet way. God uses little things to accomplish His purposes and not ours. As someone has said, “Great doors are swung on little hinges.”
God uses small things to open mighty doors. That’s what Elijah had to learn.
GOD SOMETIMES WHISPERS –
A young man had lost his job and didn’t know which way to turn. So he went to see an elderly preacher. Pacing about the preacher’s study, the young man ranted about his problems. Finally, he clenched his fist and shouted, “I’ve begged God to say something to help me and my family. Tell me, Pastor, why doesn’t God answer?”
The old preacher, who sat at his desk across the room, spoke something in reply–something so hushed, it was indistinguishable. The young man stepped across the room: “What did you say?” he asked. The preacher repeated himself, but again, his tone was as soft as a whisper. So the young man moved closer until he was leaning on the preacher’s chair. “Sorry pastor. I still didn’t hear you.” With their heads bent together, the old preacher spoke once more. “God sometimes whispers,” he said, “so we will move closer to hear Him.”
WE ALL WISH THAT GOD WOULD SPEAK TO US LOUDLY AND CLEARLY –
We all want GOD’S VOICE to thunder through the air in the answers to our problems.
We all wish that God would just burst into our private world we live in and give us some concrete answers to the nagging problems of life!
We wish that He would just tell us why:
- He has not chosen to heal us.
- He has not chosen to meet the financial need yet.
- He has not chosen to SAVE our lost loved ones yet.
We just wish there was no guesswork involved.
IF HE WOULD ONLY SHOUT THE ANSWERS OUT, then I would know what to do.
Finding Yourself In A Cave and Feeling Sorry For Yourself –
Now the interesting thing about the story here in the First Book of Kings, is not so much that Elijah was having a pity party, that’s human nature. What is amazing to me is, he’s having this ‘pity party’ AFTER God had sent FIRE from heaven and destroyed 450 prophets of Baal. In fact, the very day after the miracle, Jezebel heard of what happened on Mt. Carmel and said, “Tomorrow you are DEAD, son!” And Elijah runs to the desert and says, “Oh God, take me now!” (1 Kings 19:4).
Elijah had no problem understanding God when:
- The FIRE was falling!
- The EARTH was shaking!
- The WIND was blowing!
But the one place Elijah had never learned to listen to God was in the “STILL SMALL VOICE.” And it is here that God is about to teach Elijah a LESSON.
And the LESSON for Elijah, and all of us today is:
- I AM not always going to yell!
- I AM not always going to send fire.
- I AM not always going to shake the earth.
Sometimes I AM going to take you to:
- A PRISON CELL.
- A WILDERNESS.
- A DESERT.
- A CAVE.
But I AM only doing it because I can see you drifting away from Me and I want to get close to you again!
Sometimes in our Christian lives, with all the technology available, we want to program God using an APP; thinking that He has to move in the:
- HOOP and HOLLER.
But, sometimes God WHISPERS so that we will draw closer to Him!
I believe there is a REASON, for nothing draws human focus quite like a WHISPER.
GOD’S WHISPER MEANS…I must stop my ranting and move close to Him, until my head is bent together with His. And while I’m attentive in my listening, I’ll find my answer. Better still, I will find myself closer to God.
We live in a society inundated with NOISE, CLUTTER, and CONFUSION. It is an age of more information but less communication.
Has all the available technology shaped our thinking?
- We are used to having what we want when we want it.
- We are used to receiving any piece of information we need when we need it.
- We want to treat God like the INTERNET, just open a heavenly search engine, type in our question, push the button and get the answer.
Is that what our PRAYERS have become?
But sometimes God doesn’t respond immediately with a wealth of information like the internet does.
That’s why David said in Psalm 46:10:
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (NIV Bible)
The apostle Paul makes an interesting appeal to the Thessalonian church;
1 Thessalonians 4:11 (AMP):
“Make it your ambition and definitely endeavor to live quietly and peacefully…”
I’ve never read this bible verse before, in context with 1 Kings 19:12 “…[a sound of gentle stillness] a still, small voice.”
But Paul tells us, we need to STUDY TO BE QUIET!
When we are ranting and raving, shouting, yelling, moving about, lost in a myriad of activity, we can’t HEAR what God is saying to us.
I don’t know why God doesn’t choose to give us the answers we’re seeking through:
“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains; it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world” C.S. Lewis
If you will but LISTEN CLOSELY, draw near to Him, get very close, I know that you will HEAR what God is saying!
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BIBLE TRANSLATIONS: Amplified Bible (AMP), New International Version (NIV), except where noted.