Elijah had to put his trust in the LORD and it helps us to also put our faith and trust in the LORD. We need to be searching in those quiet places to find the LORD and what it is that He is trying to tell us. We can always trust the Lord in all that we do and everywhere we go. Even when we are facing death we can put our faith and trust in the LORD God. 1 Kings 19:1- 16.
Ahab, the King of Israel, told Jezebel, the wife of Ahab, all that Elijah had done, and how he had slain all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, She pledged her life and to be killed in a worse way than her prophets if she couldn’t kill Elijah.
When Elijah saw the message, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belonged to Judah, and left his servant there. Then Elijah went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.
As Elijah lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, arise and eat. Elijah looked, and, behold, there was a cake baking on the coals, and a jug of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again.
And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee. And Elijah arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.
And Elijah came unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” And Elijah said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain your prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
The LORD God said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks 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 still small voice.
And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What are you doing here, Elijah? And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
And the LORD said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when you come, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria: And Jehu the son of Nimshi shall you anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shall you anoint to be prophet in your room.
What Can This Story Teach Us?
The LORD God called to Elijah, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
Elijah told God how all his friends that loved God were killed and how the king’s wife was trying to kill him. Elijah was afraid.
The LORD God encouraged Elijah and sent an angle to take care of Elijah just like the Lord does for us when we are afraid. We are encouraged and the Lord provides someone, not an angle per say, but a person to help take care of us. Someone like a friend, or relative someone we do not expect to be there for us.
Just like there was a mighty wind that shattered the rocks, but the Lord was not in the wind. There was a violent earthquake that shook the mountain. However, the LORD God was not in the earthquake. There was a roaring fire that blazed through the mountain. But, God was not in the fire either. Then, there was a very, quiet whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his coat over his face and stood at the front of the cave. He knew that the whisper was the LORD God.
We need to be searching in those quiet places to find the LORD and what it is that He is trying to tell us. We can always trust the Lord in all that we do and everywhere we go. Even when we are facing death we can put our faith and trust in the LORD God.
“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10).
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