Thursday Reflection – December 5, 2019
God speak in your silent moments
“Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces 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 sound of sheer silence. 1 Kings 19:11-12 NRSVGreeting friends!
Elijah was at an all time low in his life. He felt alone, depressed, abandoned and like giving up. He felt as if what he was doing didn’t make sense, because the people were still worshipping Baal and there was no change despite the Lord revealing himself in such a mighty way in the previous chapter.In the previous chapter Elijah had a massive win over the prophets of Baal as God showed that he was the only God. A test was conducted to see which God was real. The test was to see which God could ignite the sacrifice that was offered. Baal couldn’t but God did in dramatic fashion. The prophets of Baal were then put to death. Jezebel, the Queen, hearing this made a vow to kill Elijah by the following day.
Elijah hearing this ran away and became fearful, depressed, lonely, abandoned and despondent. He was met by an angel and given food for the journey. He then journeyed to Mt. Horeb, the same mountain Moses met God in the burning bush and received the Ten Commandments. Elijah went to one of the caved there and waited for the Lord. There was a great wind but God was not in the wind. An earthquake followed, but God was not in it. A fire after the earthquake came but God was not in that. Then after sheer silence a voice spoke in the silence.
The text is very deliberate in saying where God was not and where he was. Elijah was looking for some profound way to experience God maybe as he did at Mt Carmel in the chapter before. Elijah, as stated before, was at a low moment in his life and seeing God in the wind, fire or earthquake would have been profound, but that is not the point God is teaching Elijah. God is teaching Elijah that even in the silent moments of life where he feels alone, depressed and despondent God is still there in the silence.
Friends like Elijah we too have those moments when we feel alone, depressed, stressed, fearful, anxious and as if God is silent in our lives. There are times when we feel all hope is gone and it makes no sense we do anything at all. We shut down and cannot function, but I want to remind you that God is still God in the silent moments of life. God still speak words of reassurance. There are times when you are doing God’s will but faced with so much opposition that causes you to feel low, but hear God speak in the silence of that moment.
Friends I challenge us to be like Elijah. Leave all behind go up to the mountain and hear God speak in the silence of the moment.
Until next week listen to God speak in your silent moments.