Have you trained yourself to know His voice? Elijah was not moved by the powerful forces of nature. Not a tornado, or earthquake, or fire. He heard no voice of God in them. However, after that, in the silence, he heard God’s whisper!
Elijah had been on foot for 40 days, alone, and finally into a cave. Elijah knew solitude. Scripture says John the Baptist was of the spirit and power of Elijah. John lived in the deserts until his time of revealing, and then he confronted the backslidden Israel, and a wicked king, just as Elijah did.
In the solitude, in the deprivation of various kinds of deserts, in a discomfort zone, in that quiet we learn to hear God’s whispers. Who are those God can whisper to today? Who volunteers? In the rush, in all the noise, yelling, and strife of today, in all our busyness, who is waiting upon the Lord so as to hear the whispers we so badly need?
Elijah was like Isaiah 40:31. No one could find him! No one could catch him! And in the end he mounted up with the wings of an eagle! They that wait upon the Lord…
But God asked him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (Hiding in the cave.)
Jezebel, a high priestess of Baal, had promised to kill him. Because he had been very zealous, very zealous for God, like Jesus, like John the Baptist, like Gideon; but God had other plans, and God sent him out to anoint…anoint…anoint! 3 times! A big dipper! And those anointings were the undoings of Ahab and Jezebel. Because he was a man able to hear God’s whispers.
Baal fills our pulpits today. Jezebel fills our platforms and pews. God’s people cozy with Baal. May the days of Elijah come again! A Gideon anointing to contend against Baal! Jerubbaal! (Judges 6:32) If there is no Jerubbaals, then the tornadoes, the earthquakes, the fires will surely come!