“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 tore into the mountains, and broke the rocks in pieces 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.” – 1 Kings 19:11-12
Elijah the prophet was hiding out in a cave on the mountain. It was the same mountain where God gave the ten commandments. Elijah was scared and running away. He was so set in his ways, earthquakes, fire, hurricanes could not get this guy to come out. They only thing that brought him out was that still small loving voice of God. When he heard that, he came out to listen.
In Luke chapter 22, we are given the story of the last supper. In verse 15 Jesus says, “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer.” Jesus knew He was about to die on the cross. So why would He have looked forward to this last meal? He knew soon, at His death, the old religion would be put aside and the new relationship with Him would be established! Jesus knew what He was supposed to do. He knew God’s still small voice and He listened. He was not afraid to give up His life that we might live.
Many of us today can be so prideful that even the worst things in our lives do not seem to “bring us out of the cave”. We seem to want to hold on to the old ways or what we know because we are afraid to give up our comforts and what we are used to. The Bible says, “what does it profit a man to gain the whole world yet forfeit His soul?” In other words, nothing in this world is worth keeping if it causes you to go to hell for eternity.
Many of us hear His still small voice. What is it in your life that is holding you back from responding? Is it worth missing out on His perfect plan for you? Is it worth missing out on new life and eternity with Him in heaven?