Then he came there to a cave and lodged there; and behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and He said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He said, “I have been very zealous for the Lord the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword. And I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.” 1 Kings 19:9-10 NAS
Elijah was in trouble! He had been serving God, but things hadn’t been going as expected. There were enemies after him and Elijah feared the enemies would find him and kill him. Elijah desperately needed to hear the voice of God. God instructed Elijah to go stand on the mountain and wait there to hear God. Some spectacular events occurred while Elijah stood on the mountain. Those events included wind strong enough to break rocks, an earthquake and a fire. Interestingly, God’s voice was not evident in any of those events. But God’s voice was evident in the “sound of gentle blowing.” Later in the chapter we read of God’s specific direction to Elijah and the assurance that there were still 7,000 people in Israel who had not “bowed to Baal.” He was not the only person left who was still “zealous for the Lord!” Elijah heard God’s voice!
Elijah needed to hear from God. He feared for his life. I have often been afraid, and desired to hear the voice of God. I have been desperate to hear God, but perhaps never as desperate as Elijah. But Elijah needed to be patient in order to hear God speak. I often ask God questions and then grow impatient after waiting for a few minutes and hearing silence. I often remember leaving my prayer time feeling that my prayers had bounced back to me off the ceiling and I had heard no divine response. I remember often hearing God’s voice in unexpected ways including through one of my children. Could it be that I am the reason I do not think God is speaking? Could it be that I neglect to wait patiently to hear Him speak when and how He chooses?’
Father God, help me to remember this account each day as I am seeking to hear from You. Give me the grace and patience to obey You. Help me to hear Your voice even when you choose to speak in “a sound of a gently blowing.”
Phyllis Paladin, Connection Group Leader
North Braddock Campus