Elijah went face to face with “… prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel’s table.” (I Kings 18:19)
He mocked them at mount Carmel after they spent hours of sacrifice, worship, leaping, and cutting themselves until their blood gushed out.
Though near the latter end of a draught, Elijah dug a trench around the altar and filled it with precious water. (I am clueless about where it came from, but that alone was a sacrifice.)
He uttered a 63-word prayer, and fire came down from heaven. The fire not only consumed the sacrifice, but wood, stone, dust, and all the water. They killed the prophets of Baal. Then Elijah prayed for a long-awaited rain. Talk about a victory dance! Yet it only took a few words from a woman to send him running into a cave. “Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time.” (I Kings 19:2)
Then God spoke to Elijah and told him to stand on the mount. Then came a great wind that broke rocks, an earthquake, and a fire. What power! Wind can be frightening. How well does anyone near the coast understand the winds a hurricane can produce? I’ve not been in an earthquake; I have felt a tremor. The folks in California can tell us all about earthquakes, as well as about fire. If you have ever witnessed someone lose their home to fire, you understand the fear and destruction it brings. However, God wasn’t in any of those things.
Today, we hear and see things that shake the ground we stand on. Fear seems to be gripping people’s hearts, consuming our courage to fight this spiritual war. The winds have caused a waver in our faith. So what is greater than these acts of nature? That still small voice of God. What we see and hear is no more than a distraction, making it difficult to hear God’s voice.
Turn off the news for a bit, get out of Facebook and get in The Book, the Bible. Take a little more time in prayer, linger a little longer and give God an ear to hear.
“He that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” (Revelation 2:11, 17, 29 3:6, 13, 22)
God is speaking! Don’t let the calamities of this life affect your ability to hear His voice