“And there he came to a cave, and lodged there; and behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He said, “I have been very jealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the people of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thy altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.” And He said, “Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and broke in pieces the rocks 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. And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
In this account Elijah was frustrated because he was not receiving the results he expected. Do we feel that at times? Do we think, “I have done everything I am supposed to do, so why am I not seeing my reward?” Elijah had just performed one of the greatest miracles (the contest on Mount Horeb, 1 Kings 18:17-46) and executed God’s wishes faithfully. By doing so his life was in danger by queen Jezebel and king Ahab, two of the most ruthless rulers Israel ever had. In Elijah’s frustration he tells God how he has done everything He was asked to do but feels nothing came from it.
God then tells Elijah to stand upon the mount while He passes by. There was a great display of wind, earthquake and fire but the Bible tells us that God was not in them. Then God spoke to Elijah in a still small voice and that is when Elijah’s ears were opened and God’s impact was felt. When we take the time to allow God to speak to us that is when we will hear Him. We simply have to trust that God is working in our lives, and for our good.
We may get frustrated at times in our journey with God. We must remember that, as the Almighty, there is nothing too big for Him and there is nothing too small.
I love that God asked Elijah a question in that still small voice. God said, “What are you doing here?”