11 Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake;
12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice…..
Elijah just had a resounding victory over the prophets of Baal in 1 Kings 18. But as soon as Queen Jezebel sought revenge, Elijah fled & plunged into spiritual depression. He was physically & emotionally exhausted. He was hungry & thirsty. He was in a state of despair. He lost the perspective that God remained sovereign & in control. And when he was in such a state, our good & patient God sent an angel to minister to him. But still, Elijah remained down-casted. He encountered the natural elements which only God could mobilise – strong winds, rocks breaking into pieces, earth quake & even fire. Yet, Elijah received no comfort through all those experiences.
Finally, it was the “still small voice” of God that changed it all. It was the word of God that made him take his eyes away from his earthly despair and consider God’s heavenly agenda in all that was happening. God said to Elijah in 1 Kings 19:15 “…Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus….”. And Elijah, knowing that God orchestrated all history, departed from there.
Are you in a similar state of despair today? Are you seeking to hear the “still small voice” of God? Heb 1:2 tells us that God “has in these last days spoken to us by His Son…”. Hence, you need to know His Son. His Son is the word. His Son accomplished all that is written in the word. So, Read it! And by the help of the Holy Spirit, His word will come alive to you. And God will use His word to speak in a “still small voice” to your soul and give you the encouragement you need.