Jul 19th 2021 · Day 200
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It’s great when we see God doing awesome things, isn’t it? It builds up our faith, and we get excited. But it isn’t always in the ‘wow!’ moments of life that we truly meet with God.
In 1 Kings 19, we read that Elijah has had an amazing victory; he has seen God work mightily (1 Kings 18). But now what’s happening? Queen Jezebel, a formidable woman indeed, threatens him, and rather than boldly declaring his faith – Elijah runs away!
In the wilderness, depression overwhelms him and he wants to give up. He’s had enough. Actually, he wants to die (v. 4).
How does God respond? With anger? With disappointment? No. He knows Elijah is tired, worn out, so he sends an angel to feed the prophet. Restored and sustained by the food, Elijah travels on to meet with God.
God asks him what he’s doing there (v. 9). Elijah isn’t where he is supposed to be. He’s gone off course. But there’s no condemnation from God. Instead, God meets the prophet not in some spectacular way, but in a ‘whisper’ (v. 12). God repeats his question; Elijah repeats his answer; then God replies, sending him back to where he should be, but with a new commission.
It’s well worth reading and re-reading this story because it has such depth to it, and can speak to us so profoundly. Sometimes we do get off track. We need restoration. We need to listen out for that ‘still small voice’ of God (v. 12, KJV). This is how God often speaks to us; not so much in the startling, awesome, ‘wow!’ experiences, but in the quietness.
Pause and reflect: Are you tired and overwhelmed? Perhaps, like Elijah, you feel as if you’ve had enough. Sit quietly with your heavenly Father. He knows just what you need. He won’t condemn. Listen for that whisper – and that new commission. He loves you.
Sheila Jacobs is a Christian writer and editor, and an award-winning author. She is also a retreat leader and day chaplain at a retreat house. She loves listening to people’s stories, and encouraging writers to hone their
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