Through all the noise of the great wind, the rocks being broken apart, the earthquake, and the fire, a still small voice could be heard. Elijah realized that the still small voice was God’s. -Kings 19:11-13
Let’s take a look at this account. In the preceding Scripture. Elijah has rebuked the evil king, Arab, and has had a contest with the evil prophets, wins the contest, and has the evil prophets slain.
Jezebel, the wife of Athabaskan and one of the evilest women in the Bible, was angered by the death of her prophets, since they revealed to her all that she wanted ti hear, forecasting her future might and grandeur. Elijah had been a streaky thorn to Jezebel since he was foreseeing their misery and judgement.
But Elijah began feeling pains of weakness and debilitation soon after these two incredible spiritual triumphs: the loss of the prophets of Ball and the addressed petition for rain.
Regularly debilitation sets in after incredible spiritual encounters, particularly those requiring a lot of emotional energy. But one would wonder. What was Elijah’s state of mind? Why does Elijah feel that way?
Maybe he expected a different reaction from Jezebel and Arab. Elijah expected God to act in a certain way, and that his faith was based on his knowledge of God, not on God Himself. If we read about Elijah’s account we see fear, which is evident in his flight. Fear had gripped his heart, so he fled. Elijah was overworked, over wrought, and over-worried
Elijah became despondent and wanted to die, you he ran away because he was afraid to die. He asks the Lord to take his life. His attitude had become the “I quit; I give up.” How many of us have felt like this and cried out, what’s the use? (Jeremiah 20:14)
Why is light given to those in misery, and life to the bitter of soul, to those who long for death that it does not come, who search for it more than for hidden treasure, who are filled with gladness and rejoice when they reach the grave? Why is life given to a man whose way is hidden, whom God has hedged in? For sighing has become my daily food; my groans pour out like water. What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me. I have no peace, no quietness; I have not rest, only turmoil.Job 3:20-26
What’s the significance of God’s still small voice?
We may expect God ti act a certain way. But when He does not move like we think that He should, our faith hit the bottom – oh woe is me. A true believer in Christ is to be fearless, continually cheerful, and constantly in trouble.
We all become illogical when we turn from faith to fear. Self-pity sets in. Self-pity is the result in having fallen from faith to self-trust, and self-trust results in self-pity. (1 Corinthians 10:13).
To lead Elijah out of his depression God let’s Elijah rest and eat. God takes care of the physical as well of the spiritual. Elijah needs rest and resuscitation, then he was strengthened for the next part of his journey,
Then God reminded him of the need to get back to his central goal, to proclaim God’s Word in Israel. Elijah’s fights were not completed; he still had work to do (Exodus 24:18; Deuteronomy 9:9; Matthew 4:3).
God is not finished with us after we have hit rock bottom,we still have a central goal. There is something about fasting and prayer that is important for us to find out central goal in life.
Whenever we feel let down after an incredible battle or spiritual encounter, we should remember that God’s motivation for our life is not yet finished,
Next we see that Elijah comes to a cave. He is sitting in the cave and then God want to know what he is doing there. (God already knows). Elijah proceeds to tell God what the Israelites have and haven’t done. He thought he was the only one left that was serving God. He have forgotten that there were others who had remained true to God during the time Israel was wicked.
There are time we get like that. We question if we are in the place we should be. We know we are supposed to be serving God, but we doubt if it is even making any difference. We question if we are in the way of our duty or is there someone or something hindering us. Are we where we should be and are we doing what we should be doing? (Romans 11:2-3).
Through all of the noise of the great wind, the rocks being broken apart, the earthquakes and the fire, a still small voice could be heard. Elijah realized that the still small voice was God’s. He understood that God does not generally uncover Himself in just the amazing, phenomenal ways.
If we search for God just in something important (rallies, big tent revivals, churches, or influential leaders), we might miss Him since He’s regularly observed to be delicately murmuring in the quietness of a heart that is humbled.
Yes, God shows up in phenomenal ways, but there’s nothing more amazing than when show up with a still small voice,
Does God need to be loud and boisterous? Does God need to scream at us? That would not be such a terrible thing for some believers, hearing God yelling at them would get them to move. Or does God just need to whisper or speak in a soft voice to get our attention.
I would venture to say that for some to be able to hear God, they need to turn down the volume of everything else that’s going on in there lives. Maybe there is so much going on we cannot recognize His voice. Maybe they just don’t want to hear Him because they are trying to avoid Him (that’s called conviction).
Maybe that is what many of us need to learn regarding that still small voice,