“One Year Bible” Old Testament History Passage
I Kings 19:1-21
“and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?'” I Kings 19:12-13 (NKJV)
After some of our highest victories can come some our lowest moments. Such was the case for Elijah. There are few more dramatic victories than the one at Mt. Carmel. In a clear face-off between Elijah and the prophets of Baal, Elijah showed the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to be the ONE TRUE GOD. But this victory was followed closely but a deep depression. Some have called it Elijah’s “cave experience”.
He wanted to die! He felt that he was all alone and there was no future. He hid in the dark recesses of a cave. But it was there that God met him and renewed his calling.
Self-doubt is a terrible thing. It makes the greatest warriors want to quit. It undermines confidence to the point that we doubt everything. This was Elijah’s condition.
God did not overwhelm him with wind, fire, or earthquake. God’s highest plan is not to YELL at us. God spoke softly – yet with awesome authority.
Scripture says that when Elijah heard the still, small voice, he “hid is face in his mantle”. The mantle symbolizes your original calling, your original mandate, your special assignment from God. He will always call us to return to that original calling. It is still true. It is still operating. No matter how up or down your life may be, there is a primary purpose for which God placed you on earth.
Don’t stay in the cave. Hear God speak to you today. “I yet have work for you to do.”