I love this story!! Elijah had been used by God to demonstrate Gods power to his people beyond all doubt. Slaying pagan priests, outrunning chariots, and even bringing rain from the lord to end a long drought he himself had predicted, he was the top prophet of the day. Then, he basically burned out and had a panic attack. Instead of finding satisfaction and safety in the God he had served so well, he gave in to fear. He ran away and hid, and had his own pity party!! Even as Elijah was stuck in his depression, God stayed with, guiding him to Mt Sinai. Then he asked the question….“What are you doing here?” (Ever been to that point…HOW DID I GET HERE????!!!). Elijah continues in his pity party, telling God how he’s the only one left in all Israel who loves him!! Woe is me!! So God tells him to leave the cave and stand on the mountain. Then he revealed himself to Elijah. He sent a mighty wind,a strong earthquake, and a blazing fire. But…God was not in any of those things!! Where was he?? In the gentle whisper that followed. Remember…“Be still and know that I am God”!!! In our walk with God, we will experience great victories. Other times, we will be in the cave like Elijah, overwhelmed by fear or depression. No matter where we find ourselves today…turn down the volume and perk up our ears to listen for that gentle whisper. We are to seek God daily in prayer and meditation on his word, and if we do our fear and sense of gloom and doom might be replaced by truth and growing faith!!
“When Ahab got home, he told Jezebel everything Elijah had done, including the way he had killed all the prophets of Baal. So Jezebel sent this message to Elijah: “May the gods strike me and even kill me if by this time tomorrow I have not killed you just as you killed them.” Elijah was afraid and fled for his life. He went to Beersheba, a town in Judah, and he left his servant there. Then he went on alone into the wilderness, traveling all day. He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, LORD,” he said. “Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died.” Then he lay down and slept under the broom tree. But as he was sleeping, an angel touched him and told him, “Get up and eat!” He looked around and there beside his head was some bread baked on hot stones and a jar of water! So he ate and drank and lay down again. Then the angel of the LORD came again and touched him and said, “Get up and eat some more, or the journey ahead will be too much for you.” So he got up and ate and drank, and the food gave him enough strength to travel forty days and forty nights to Mount Sinai, the mountain of God. There he came to a cave, where he spent the night. But the LORD said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” Elijah replied, “I have zealously served the LORD God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.” “Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the LORD told him. And as Elijah stood there, the LORD passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He replied again, “I have zealously served the LORD God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.” Then the LORD told him, “Go back the same way you came, and travel to the wilderness of Damascus. When you arrive there, anoint Hazael to be king of Aram. Then anoint Jehu grandson of Nimshi to be king of Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from the town of Abel-meholah to replace you as my prophet. Anyone who escapes from Hazael will be killed by Jehu, and those who escape Jehu will be killed by Elisha! Yet I will preserve 7,000 others in Israel who have never bowed down to Baal or kissed him!””
1 Kings 19:1-18 NLT