I’ve been reading about Elijah and a conversation he had with God. Elijah was hiding in a cave and God came to him. God asks Elijah what he is doing, twice and Elijah’s answer was the same both times, although God showed himself to Elijah; He was still scared and didn’t trust God in the moment, so God appointed others to do his work.
God came to Elijah to ask him what he was doing. At the time Elijah was hiding in a cave. He was scared for his life. He told God, “I have been very jealous for the Lord, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life to take it away.” God told Elijah to go and stand on the mountain because He was going to appear before him.
Elijah goes out on the mountain and waits for God to show up. A strong wind, like a hurricane blew by Elijah and destroyed rocks, but God was not in the wind, A mighty earthquake shook the ground, but God was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was fire, but God wasn’t in the fire either. After all three of these things there was a low whisper. This was the voice of God. When Elijah heard this, he covered his face and stood at the entrance of the cave. This voice asked Elijah again “What are you doing.” Elijah answered the same way this time as he had before. I believe that God wanted Elijah to answer differently this time after seeing the amazing signs, He preformed, but Elijah was still scared and untrusting.
God told Elijah to go back to Damascus and anoint others to do God’s work. God told him to anoint Elisha to take his place as prophet. God also told him that there would seven thousand people in Israel who had not worshipped Idols. I believe God told him this to remind him that he is not the only one left like he thinks he is.
There is a really good message here for us today and I think it is that, if we don’t do the work God wants us to do, He will have someone else do it, and that God is on our side and he is powerful, we don’t need to be so worried when we remember that God is the still small voice. He showed Elijah three signs, a wind, an earthquake, and a fire. I think he did this to say, look bro, I am God I can make all these things happen so i can take care of your worries, and insecurities. He appears to Elijah as a whisper, a whisper is usually something personal and something you do with someone who is close. God whispers to Elijah and asks him what he doing, hoping his answer would be different than the first time, but it wasn’t. I think Elijah missed the point here. God was giving him an opportunity to change his answer, and I think God does this for us too.
When we are caught up in things that aren’t from God, he comes to us, his beloved children, and asks what we are doing. We might answer the same way Elijah does and say “God i know your great, I know you are powerful, but my stress and anxiety and fear is too much. I feel alone and no one around me want to worship you God.” God will show himself too us in powerful ways but He will also be that small whisper and He will ask us “What are you doing?” and after hearing from him He wants us to be encouraged and remember that He is in control, He cares about us and will take care of us.
I think God uses these stories of mess-ups or failures to teach us how to do things the right way. The bible is full of amazing godly men and women but they aren’t perfect, and neither are we. We can learn from them and each other. I love how God appears to Elijah as a whisper, especially after those crazy signs of wind, earthquake, and fire. I think it is beautiful. We all need to listen for Gods whisper.