Where Has God Gone?

Karen Epp

Elijah, in I Kings, rides the roller coaster.  It goes straight up and then straight down and his emotions go with him.  He goes to a cave on Mt. Horeb and he is just still.  God speaks to him.  “Go outside and stand on the mountain before the Lord; the Lord will be passing by.”

A very strong wind comes through but God is not in the wind.  There was an earthquake but God was not in the earthquake.  Then there was a fire but God was not in the fire. Then there was a tiny whispering sound and that was God.

God asks Elijah why are you hiding out in the cave?  Why are you here?  Elijah pours out his heart.  “Lord, I tried to serve you but I feel like I am the only one left.  The people have forsaken you.”  God realized Elijah was tired.  He gives him three instructions-go and anoint Hazael as king of Amram, anoint Jehu as king of Israel and then go find Elisha because I want him to be your successor.

Sometimes we just get tired and like Elijah we need a battery charge.  We need to pour our hearts out before the Lord and let him carry the load for a while and even when we feel totally alone, we are surrounded by the quiet voice of our Savior.  Listen.

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