Have you ever had a crisis of faith? Was there an occasion you found yourself immersed in despair, or felt totally defeated and there seemed to be no way out of your situation? Perhaps you cried out to God, but He seemed silent, just when you needed Him the most.
The Prophet Elijah faced such a situation. First Kings 19 tells us about Elijah’s crisis of faith. The great prophet found himself in the midst of a raging storm. How did he hear from God? Let’s pick up the story at verse 9, where the prophet was hiding in cave.
The Lord Appears to Elijah
And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
10 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”
11 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
14 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”
15 The Lord said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus.
The first lesson is God comes to us in a gentle whisper. When we face difficult trials and the storm is raging, we must listen for the voice of God. Psalm 46:10 tells us to “Be still and know that I am God.” It may seem counterintuitive to get quiet when you feel you should act, but we all need God’s guidance before we can respond correctly to any situation.
We learn our second lesson in verse 16. God told Elijah to go back the way he came. In other words Elijah was to go back and face the trial. How many times are we tempted to run from a horrible situation? Maybe we want to quit the job, end a friendship or just take an easier path. Facing the situation God’s way will result in God resolving the issue; God is the only one qualified to do so. God is strong, and God is love. He will fight for you.
The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”
When I recite this verse I picture the sweetest, purest voice singing for me. The thought calms me and reminds me whose fight it really is – God’s.
Our Heavenly Father will not abandon you in your time of need. We need to learn to stop fighting the battle alone. Quiet your spirit before the Lord, listen for His instruction, and let Him calm the storm.
Blessings on your day.