“And after the earthquake a fire; [but] the LORD [was] not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.” 1 Kings 19:12 (KJV)
We often have read 1 Kings 19 and came away encouraged because God spoke to Elijah through a small still voice, but I would like to look at the events surrounding Elijah’s encounter with the Lord.
Elijah was weary because he was on the run. He had obeyed God, God had performed a great miracle through him, but his enemy was still after Him. Elijah is so tired that God has to send food through an angel to restore his strength. Through that one meal Elijah traveled 40 days. What a meal!
After traveling for 40 days, Elijah was still not in a place to minister; he was still weak in his faith. He was tired! Have you ever been weak in your faith and tired?
We use rechargeable batteries at the church for our wireless microphones. I have learned that for them to be fully effective they have to be fully charged. However, as the batteries get older they lose their capacity to hold a full charge and finally stop holding a charge altogether. At that point the batteries must be replaced.
I believe Elijah was at the point of not only needing a full charge, but He needed God to restore his capacity to carry his charge so that he could complete God’s assignment. God recharged Elijah not through the fire, earthquake, or mighty wind, but through His “still small voice.”
I love God’s presence. He is mighty, but yet He knows how to get in that secret place of our lives and speak to us right where we are at.
Today my prayer is not only for God to revive us, but help us to become fully charged so that we can hear His voice and complete the assignment He has given us.
CO-PASTOR DR. ELMER HESS, JR.