Thought for the Week

In 1 Kings chapter 19, after many incredible experiences, we find the prophet Elijah hiding in a cave feeling fearful and completely alone. Flicking back a couple of pages we read that the prophet has seen God’s hand at work powerfully over the months up to this moment. God worked through Elijah to challenge the king face-to-face, bring a widow’s son back to life and reveal God’s awesome power! And yet, we find Elijah ‘down in the dumps’, crying out to God in despair and fear for the future.

It strikes me as the most human of stories. Elijah is calling out to God in great frustration but God does not leave him wondering for long. We read,

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.  (1 Kings 19:11-12)

Despite God’s awesome power he comes to Elijah in this quiet whisper.

Just like Elijah, we can often feel frustrated or have questions of “why?” as we face daily life. This passage in 1 King’s reminds me that God is a relational God who yearns to come close to us and meet us at our point of need. Elijah did not have the Bible as we have it today and so, for us, we can turn to God’s Word to hear his voice of guidance and comfort speaking to us.

Wishing you God’s richest blessing,

Mr Thompson