This week as I was reading through a short devotional, I came across the following passage:
1 Kings 19:11 – 13 ”
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?””
For some reason, this story has always been encouraging to me. We see Elijah who has just come from a great victory against the prophets of Baal. He has just shown to all of Israel, that Jahweh alone is the one true God. But, Elijah receives a letter from Jezebel, king Ahab’s wife, that she wants to kill him. This causes Elijah to fall into a state of depression. Even this great prophet, has a bout of depression. What comes next, is very comforting.
God sends Elijah an angel to comfort, and encourage Elijah, and to allow him to rest. It is here that we find Elijah in a cave. Discouraged and feeling very alone. Here in this cave God comes to him, and tells him to go out and He will appear to him. Now what comes next is worth noting. Elijah hears a great wind, so great that the rocks are broken to pieces, but God is not in the wind. An earthquake comes, but God is not in the earthquake. A fire comes next, but God is not in the fire. Finally a sound like a low wisper comes. At this sound, we are told Elijah recognizes that this is the Lord, and exits the cave.
I really like this picture, because I often expect God to come in a mighty and powerful way, but often God comes quietly. It is only when I allow myself to be still, and listen that I can hear His voice. So often, I get distracted by noise, both audibly, but also with things, that I don’t hear God’s voice, and then I wonder where He is. It is only when I am still and calm that I then hear his voice.
This week, it has been a struggle for me to remain still, and to trust God. Often when I am seeking to spend time with Him, my mind wanders away. I also often allow fear and doubt to creep in, and I find myself struggling to rest in His presence. This week in particular, I have really struggled to give up my worries, and doubts to God, and to allow Him to take care of them. I am comforted to know however, that God is still there, and He is patiently waiting for me to rest in Him, and to listen to His voice.
I would really appreciate your prayers this week, that I would just rest in God. That I would cast my worries, and fears onto Him, and trust that He will take care of me.
Thank you for all of your prayers and support. It means a lot to know that so many of you are praying for me.