1 King 19:12 b “a still small voice”
At the Lord’s command the prophet, Elijah gets up and stands at the mouth of the mountain cave where he had been hiding from the world below. Death and destruction preceded his flight up the mountain and now Elijah has succumbed to fear and hopelessness. But the Lord meets Elijah in his hideout and sends a strong storm, a powerful earthquake, and then raging fire. Such powerful signs are minuscule demonstrations of God’s almighty power and might! But God did not speak to Elijah in any of them. Instead, it is the still small voice of God which pierces through Elijah’s angst. While the Word of God does not speak of Elijah’s countenance following this meeting with the Lord on the mountain, it does tell us that Elijah immediately obeyed God’s whispered command.
Though the tempest of the world may shake the mountain where we’ve hidden ourselves, God still meets us there. Though experience and trouble have convinced us all is hopeless, His whisper pierces through and speaks truth to our souls. O! Praise God our loving, merciful Father does not leave His children alone in a place of despair! Even though our faith has crumbled and our eyes are fixed upon dread, He calls us out of our hiding place, lovingly asking: “What are you doing here?” He comes to us, beckoning us to get up, shake the dust of misery off, and step out of our hiding place. He desires to speak to us, gently and quietly if we would simply lend our ear to His voice…
Speak, Lord, in the stillness while I wait on Thee;
Hushed my heart to listen in expectancy.
Speak, Thy servant heareth! Be not silent, Lord;
Waits my soul upon Thee for the quick’ning word!
—E. May Grimes