#WCW – Still Small Voice
And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake 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 a still small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah? – 1 Kings 19:11-13
Have you ever been in a situation so tumultuous that you not only questioned your purpose and existence but wondered where in the world was God in all of it? That’s what Elijah was going through in this passage. In the leading verses, God had just shown up for Elijah in a spectacular way by destroying the false gods of Baal who dared to challenge the existence of God and His power. Elijah not only proved to Jezebel and the false gods just who was most powerful, but he further proved to the children of Israel the loyalty and love of God. Elijah stood on boldness and completed his assignment.
However, shortly after, his life was threatened by Jezebel. Let’s consider her the devil for this share’s sake. When Elijah received news his life was in danger, he flew the coup. I mean he took off out-of-town like a snitch who’d just dimed out the mafia. In other words, he punked out. The problem here is, just days prior Elijah stood boldly with a s on his chest in his Batman cape and declared a WWF smack down on four-houndred and fifty false prophets all the while never breaking a sweat. Did God change? Did He stop speaking in that still small voice? This scenario should start to sound familiar.
In life struggles and troubles come. Some struggles come and go like a midafternoon rain storm and some troubles arrive like hurricane Katrina and wreak all kinds of hell and havoc in our lives. In my own life, it amazes me how when certain struggles come I call on the name of the Lord and keep it moving. I never look back because I know He’s handled it. A bills coming due and I don’t have enough to pay it. No sweat! Been there and God’s made a way. Next. Then all of a sudden it’s like someone puts your entire life inside a brown paper bag filled with mud and your waiting, no gasping, at the idea that God is going to step in and save you before the bottom falls completely out. Instead of your usual routine of praying, fasting, and seeking sound counsel at the church, you open the door to doubt. Just like Elijah, it’s like nothing God had ever saved you from or how He’d come through for you before means anything. Your faith is present less. So you give up. God I don’t know if you’re gonna fix this one, so I’m going to do such and such. Usually such and such means I’m about to do something so totally stupid that’s it’s about to cost me everything. Don’t ever make a permanent decision in a temporary situation.
That’s what Elijah was about to do. The bible says he ran for his life and when he had come to the wilderness, today’s despair, he sat under a juniper tree and asked to die. One of the most notable prophets in the bible, who knew God on a level that some of us would deem out of this world, asked to die. Really? I have to shake my head at that and myself. But His grace. Even after Elijah’s fear, doubt and all out give up tactic to get God’s attention, the bible records that God sent him an angel. The angel woke him up from his attempt to sleep himself to death, fed him, and sent him to encounter God. So often in our attempt to jack our situations completely up, God will send an angel — a preach, teacher, friend, coworker, family member or even a stranger to say, “Hey! Wake up fool. What are you doing? Are you crazy? You know better! You know God!” That wake up call prepares our heart to hear from Him.
Elijah gets to a place where he can finally hear from God. God looks at the thoughts of his heart and asks, “Elijah, what are you doing here?” Elijah makes it plain, “God I’m desperate for you. I’m at my whit’s end with my situation and I need to hear your voice. I need to know you got me.” Love moved God. He sent Elijah up upon the mount to stand before Him. Then came the theatrics. A terrible wind rips through the mountain and breaks it into pieces. But God wasn’t in it. Then came the earthquake. But no God. And when the earthquake wasn’t enough, burn baby burn, down came the fire. God wasn’t in that either. Then something amazing happened after the blaze. A still small voice spoke to Elijah. Immediately he knew it was God.
When the Lord finally gets us to a place where we can hear him clearly, every distraction under the moon will pop up to keep us from recognizing His voice. Situations at our jobs will arise out of nowhere. Out of the blue our children and sometimes family members will act like they’ve lost their complete minds. And, sometimes, within our normal routines, we create our own distractions. What we have to do is recognize first that they are distractions. Then, ignore them. When you’re in the place designated by God Himself, trust He’s already secured your lightweight. Steady yourself and listen for His still small voice.