We may recall this story in 1 Kings 19, when Elijah ran to hide in a cave. Elijah heard the voice of the Lord, asking what he was doing in the cave. He defended his decision and threw a pity party, about being the only true prophet alive. God listened to Elijah and then instructed him to go and stand on the mountain, before Him. A great and strong wind tore the mountain and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire.
After all of these magnificent demonstrations of wind, earthquake and fire, there was a low whisper. Elijah perceived the presence of God in the whisper. He wrapped his face in his cloak and stood at the entrance of the cave. God questioned Elijah once again and then gave him the instructions for his next assignment. I notice the distinction between Elijah hearing God’s voice and the sound of the low whisper. I perceive that the whisper was God himself in his manifested presence. This while at other times, Elijah did not hear the audible voice of God. What I believe that Elijah listened to most of the times, was the person of the inner witness.
It was important for Elijah to be able to listen and discern either manifestations of God. Elijah had a major assignment ahead of him, but was spooked by Jezebel’s threats. God was ready to anoint two new Kings and a prophet and Elijah had a role to play in this. He was God’s mantle in Jerusalem and God needed him to anoint Hazael, Jehu and Elisha. These two Kings would be instrumental in the destruction of Ahab and Jezebel’s detestable leadership. “And the one who escapes from the sword of Hazael shall Jehu put to death, and the one who escapes from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha put to death” (1 Kings 19:17).
Power was about to change hands in Jerusalem and God needed Elijah to make preparation for what was about to happen. Although Elijah was fearful, tired and throwing a pity party, he was still attuned to the voice of God. Elijah could hear God speak and despite his fears, moved in alignment with God’s will and plan. We have to trust the voice of God over our emotions and fears. We have to move at God’s instructions, even when we feel tired and afraid. There is a much larger scheme of events that are dependent on our actions. The devil can use our emotional weaknesses as a major source of distraction. Stay connected so that you can move on God’s instructions.