“He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking 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; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence.” 1 Kings 19:11-12
Elijah, the prophet of God during the darkest times of Israel, suffered great depression. The nation became idolatrous and worshiped Baal under the leadership of Queen Jezebel, the Phoenician wife of King Ahab, who wanted to kill Elijah. She had already killed other prophets, and Elijah was the only prophet left. So Elijah ran away, went into the wilderness, sat under a broom tree and asked God to take his life. However, God had a plan for Elijah. He told him to go to Mount Horeb to meet Him there and to show him that he was not alone. When a gentle whisper came, he knew it was God. To hear a whisper requires closeness. God was right there all along, closer than Elijah thought. This story reminds us that whatever problems we are facing, God is always there, beside us, whispering in a soft voice. All we need to do is to listen carefully. *********************Prayer
Dear God and loving Father, I would like to thank you for being there always right by my side. You are indeed faithful who will never leave me or forsake me. Help me Lord to listen carefully to your gentle whisper. Amen.