A STILL SMALL VOICE

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Then He said, “Go out and stand before the mountain of the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rock 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 still small voice.
1 Kings 19:11-12
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Elijah was a prominent prophet used mightily by God during a very bleak and sinful period in Israel’s history. He was a prayer warrior, a miracle worker, and an advocate of God’s word.
We learn he was also …. just a man.
Elijah, though a great prophet, was susceptible to the same unbecoming traits of frailty as we are. He struggled with fears, doubts, and internal frustration and did not appear to always live up to the saintly station God had ordained for him.
This was Elijah.
When we study our passage in its context we see that Elijah had just issued a challenge to the prophets of Baal with a desire to prove the strength and power of God Almighty.
He suggests that they each lay a sacrifice on their altar and call on their gods for a response. 
The God who answers by fire would be declared the one true God.
In an amazing and open display of God’s unleashed power we witness a miraculous manifestation of God’s presence:
“Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. And when all the people saw it they fell on their faces and they said, ‘The Lord, He is the God; the Lord, He is the God.’”
1 Kings 18:38
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The prophets of Baal are killed and wicked Queen Jezebel now threatens to strike Elijah dead.
Tail tucked between his legs, this great man of God who has just witnessed a great miracle of God does the deplorable; he runs away. He heads to the wilderness where he is mercifully met with special provision by an angel; and then he makes his way to Mount Horeb where he is sustained another 40 days.
It is at this precise point that God meets him and initiates a very interesting conversation with him; an unforgettable conversation (read 1 Kings 19:11-12 again aloud for impact.)
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God delves into conversation with the resources He has on hand and begins to introduce the forces of nature as His background:
He ushers in strong hurricane force winds, an earthquake, and finally a great fire.
But God wasn’t in these great things.
And then came …. a still small voice.
And God was in it.
Perhaps the greatest message of all is that God speaks to man at all.
Holding back the weight of His supreme glory He does not consume Elijah and He does not consume us; though we deserve it and though He could.
He speaks to us in a still small voice and solicits an invitation of intimacy through it.
Listen to Him.
He loves you.
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Call unto Me and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things which you do not know.
Jeremiah 33:3
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