And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks 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 the sound of a low whisper. And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
1 Kings 19:11-13
The Lord called out. The prophet obeyed.
Elijah just finished silencing people’s doubts on the genuineness of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel. His God overthrew the futile sacrifices of 450 prophets who called on their gods to prove their power and authority. (1 Kings 18)
The victory unusually placed Elijah at a disadvantage. An influential woman threatened his life (1 Kings 19 1-2), causing the man, who hours ago mocked and laughed at the astounded prophets, to run for his life (verse 3). Unabated fear, coupled with exhaustion, would lead even a man who deeply knows God, to be depressed and to desire his own death (verse 4).
An intervention from heaven was quickly made. All at once an angel touched him (verse 5), gave instructions to get up and provided what he needed the most—food, water, and sleep. God, who publicly displayed His power and might to the skeptical Israelites, has shown anew that He chooses the weak, especially when the feeble are His followers. As seen in Elijah, He lavishes them with His strength in merciful intimacy.
God did not only witness the showdown, He was the star Himself! Yet, He listened to His servant’s laments. Like a child, Elijah complained to God—twice!
The process of physical sustenance sanctified and prepared Elijah to enter real rest as the Lord passed by. But just like any person suffering with depression, Elijah focused on what he was going through rather than how God was treating him and his misery.
In 1 Kings 19: 11-13, Elijah expected the magnificent display of the Lord’s presence that he saw hours before.
Elijah knew God, but His ways would always be mysterious. He is not into formulae. When it comes to revealing them, we need to trust His ways and not ours.
Yet, the message remains the same– to liberate the downtrodden and to fully know Him.
The Lord calls out. Are we obeying?
How is your time with God? Has it come to a point that it has already become an obligation or merely part of a routine? Does the Bible still give life as you read its truths? Are you allowing yourself to listen to God’s whispers that transform and liberate lives?