Closer than You Know

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. She was 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 to 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. God was about to show Elijah he was never 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 right there beside us. He whispers in a soft voice, and all we need to do is to listen carefully.

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