Applications from 1 Kings
If you read the last post, The First Word from the Lord, please skip ahead to the application.
As we finished last time, Elijah was beginning a journey that would take him 40 days and 40 nights. He arrives at Horeb and finds a cave to stay in. Here God says to him, “What are you doing here?” Elijah replies with his resume and then informs God that his life is in danger and he feels he needs to hide out. God tells him to go stand out on the mountain. A strong wind, earthquake, and fire come by, but God isn’t in them. Then Elijah heard a still small voice, and God was in the stillness. So Elijah went out of the cave and met with the voice of God.
Next God invites Elijah to stand on the mountain as He passes by. From his past experience Elijah should be able to detect God passing by. Elijah has seen God work through fire, rain, etc. Surely the strong wind coming is Him, no…an Earthquake, yes this is God, no… fire, just like before, no…
Elijah ducks back away in his cave after getting his hopes up three times.
That’s when he hears a still small voice.
Have you ever wondered why all the fuss? Why not just come the first time…why the wind, quake, & fire? “Perhaps the Lord attempts to teach Elijah not to expect always the miraculous and wondrous deliverance from problems.” I am guilty myself of this many times…
We serve the God of the wind, quake, & fire…but He is also the God of the stillness. This is who Elijah needed God to be for him at this time. Many times it is just what we need as well. There is a song that says, “…whatever I need, that’s just what He is…” and I have found this to be true.
Be careful what you expect. It is reassuring to know I serve the God of the wind, but sometimes I don’t need a tornado in my life. It is amazing to realize I serve the God of the earthquake, but most times I don’t need the ground shaking under my feet. I stand in awe as I serve the God of fire, but fire, while effective, is also very destructive. Most times all we need is a still small voice.
We must learn to expect this. This is the lesson God is showing Elijah. Yes, He will work mightily…but He will also work small. Don’t always seek a sign or marvelous wonder. Allow God to speak to you through His Word.
Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN
This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.