“And after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; And after the fire a still small voice.” – 1st Kings 19:12
There’s a saying that “Big doors swing on little hinges,” that’s an illustration of how a small voice or encouraging word can make a big difference in the whole picture.
In a world that is screaming to be heard and demands that we give in to fleshly living, because of how loud and in public they are, they can begin to persuade us that they are in control. When the lifestyles of those that oppose God are in front and personal, we can begin to feel defeated.
In 1st Kings 19, we read the account of Elijah. After being threatened by Jezebel, he had become discouraged and was ready to quit.
Vs 4 “But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, LORD, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!”
Sometimes I feel like I am limping into Church after being beat down all week from a world gone wild. If it weren’t for my daily devotional time with the Lord, I don’t think I could make it.
I like the illustration here as God brings forth a series of turbulent conditions that would bring cause for anxiety and fear, but God was not in them, it was in the end that God shows up “and after the fire, a still small voice.”
It is important to always remember that God is still in control, with all the noise and confusion, we can still have a Hope that will carry us through and deliver us safely home. It’s the “carry us through” part that can be exhausting. That’s why gathering together with like-minded believers in Christ can give us the reminder that we’re not alone. It’s the Elisha’s and the remnant that God provides that confirms with the Holy Spirit tells us that He is still mighty to save.
The advice given to Elijah was to “Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you.” The picture here is of physical food, but for us as believers it’s our daily bread that gets us through the day. Paul tells us in Ephesians 5, “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is”.
We cannot allow ourselves to become distracted by the turmoil and confusion that the world and news media are feeding us. Maybe in our current state we can say “then came a protest and the people demanding to be heard, but the Lord was not in that” (1st Rob 3:16).
I know it can be hard not to get angry and feel like giving up but I believe the Lord would have us to encourage one another. We have an account in the Old Testament of when the Children of Israel gave in to the masses and God became angry with them. There is a warning in Hebrews 3:13 “but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”
So, listen for that “Still small voice” that wants to instruct us and keep us in the love of God. Amen!
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daily Quote: “Because of the empty tomb, we have peace. Because of His resurrection, we can have peace during even the most troubling of times because we know He is in control of all that happens in the world.” – Paul Chappell
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
“The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, But the prayer of the upright is His delight.” Proverbs 15:8