The Presence of God

In I Kings 19 we read about Elijah’s much-needed rest following his encounter with the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel. But after God’s angels had fed him and after he had rested, God asked him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” The answer was that Elijah was feeling alone, which was understandable since he had isolated himself out of fear. Then God sent a strong wind and an earthquake, but God was not to be found in these dramatic events. His presence was in a “still small voice,” which can also be translated as a whisper or a thin silence. Then God asked him again, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” And Elijah gave the same answer as before.

So God gave him the solution to his discouragement, which was to go back and anoint the leaders that God had appointed to help Elijah in his struggle against the forces of darkness. We should never try to engage in spiritual warfare in our own power. We must embrace God’s presence in the whisper of the Holy Spirit in our hearts and in the companionship of His people who fight alongside us. And in those moments when we falter, we should remember the words of our Lord: “Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world!” (John 16:33)

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