Almighty God As A Still Small Voice (1 Kings 19)

Often we think of God as the all powerful Almighty who is the very definition of power and might, which is an accurate depiction. God’s might and incomparable power over creation is beyond our ability to comprehend (Psalm 147:4-5). However, while God is in a complete advantage over us, he chooses to use his position to lower himself in humility to be a comforting friend (John 15:12-17). As a friend, God chose to craft a grand redemption story for his creation that involved intimately weaving his goodness and divine will into broken humans to bring back what he intended. God is both Almighty and friend. Consider God’s works in 1 Kings 18-19.

In 1 Kings 18 we read about how God sent Elijah to challenge the prophets of Ahab (the current king of Israel) because he had turned away from God and began worshipping Baal and ordering his people to worship Baal. On Mt. Carmel Elijah stood against 850 prophets who worshipped false gods. The prophets began to say prayers, make sacrifices, and call from their gods to rain fire from the heavens to prove that their gods were true. When no one answered Elijah actually mocks them suggesting that their god must be taking a nap (1 Kings 18:27)! At this the prophets began to cut themselves and offer pure blood to Baal, even at the cost of their own lives. After this, Elijah constructed his offering and called upon the name of the Lord to rain down fire to consume the offering – proving that he was the one true God and Lord over Israel and God poured fire beyond physics! The bible actually states how Elijah instructed the prophets of Baal to pour water on his offering three times before he called on the Lord to burn it (1 Kings 18:30-35)! That is how sure he was that God would show up! God showed his might in this instance to win back the hearts of hundreds of wayward prophets in Israel.

After this however, Jezebel makes a covenant that if Elijah is not killed by the next day she will kill her self in anger (1 Kings 19:2). Just think of how hateful and blood thirsty their false religion was! With her decree, Elijah panics and flees into the wilderness. After seeing the power and works of God delivered by his very hand he still turns in fear at the dead threat of a human serving false gods! What happens next can seem like sort of a surprise to someone reading the biblical narrative – God intimately takes care of Elijah even in the midst of his doubt and fear. 1 Kings 19:5-6 depict how God put Elijah to rest, fed him, and gave him water. God cared for his needs as a Father would not just as how a powerful deity could.

After feeding him he called Elijah to stand before him. Then in awesome power a strong wind blew by, then a ground shattering earthquake, and after a massive fire but the word says that the Lord was not in any of them. Then in verse 12 a low whisper comes and it says that the Lord was in the whisper. At this, Elijah wrapped his face and approached the whisper.

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand”

John 10:27-28, ESV.

How beautiful it is to see that though God is incomparable in power he chooses to lower himself as a still small voice to his people as he did to Elijah. We can think of strength in terms of physical strength, advantage over others, or even dominating our fears, but God shows his strength by humbly caring for his people. What a wonderful God!

As you read the Bible and live out what God has called you to do, remember that God does not often exact his will through catastrophic encounters but by the sense of peace you feel in the midst of darkness. God’s voice is the still small voice in the midst of a storm, and he is reaching out to us by his Word. Brothers and Sisters, read God’s Word and hear his voice.

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