As 2019, gradually ushers in the …ember months, many people are going to be glued to the lips of the Men of God at this point in time waiting to hear what God is planning to do during the end of the year and the coming year ahead. Yet many people ignore the whispers of heaven that can be so readily available if we can only take some time out to listen.
Elijah was so frightened by the threats of Jezebel after he killed the false prophets of Baal in the Bible; fear gripped his heart when he was told that Jezebel had sworn to have him killed as well. He forgot for a moment that there was a God who had helped him through the contest, the great man of God took a flight for his dear life and ran to the mountains not to pray but to quit.
‘Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, so let the gods do to me and more also if I make not thy life as one of the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time, and when he ‘saw’ that, he arose and went for his life, and requested for himself that he might die, and said it is enough’ (1 kings 19 v 2-4).
But God refused his plea and request. Sometimes, this happens to all of us when God refuses to answer our prayers. He took Elijah aside and fed him with angel’s bread, showed him His power of provision and tried to comfort his heart with visions of heaven.
Elijah heard the sound of an earthquake, fire and brimstone and so much noise; the Bible tells us God was not in these manifestations, which is very instructive to me because it appears that God was trying to tell Elijah that he should not be moved with so much ‘noise’ because sometimes He is not there. More so in these days of advertising and marketing, we usually feel that the noisier the better. If it is not in the news, television, bill boards, everywhere then we think the Lord is not with them.
However what is inspiring to note is the power of the Still Small Voice that humbled the prophet himself in God’s presence. This is one way that God manifests Himself and power to us but we hardly get.
You have to do 3 things to understand the Power of the Small Still Voice:
- LISTEN NOT HEAR: the noisy sounds of the earthquakes and fiery brimstones can be heard but it takes people who have trained their spirits to ‘listen’ that can perceive the Still Small Voice. Listening is not the same as Hearing.
- SIMPLICITY NOT SPECTACULAR: Many believers like spectacular things and not simple things. Some of the best gifts from God have semblance of simplicity and not always complex, some people just like things that are complex and they will believe it is from God.
3. FEAR AND FAITH: Jezebel’s swords created pictures of fear in the mind of Elijah and he trembled with fright while ignoring the power of God. It could be because of the political might that Jezebel held but it should not have beclouded his spiritual judgment to the point of telling God he wanted to die. Faith and Fear are released by Words. Embrace God’s word not man’s words.
I hope you have been inspired today and I do expect to read your feedback on how this article has blessed you.