Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Come Out of the Cave

"There he came to a cave, where he spent the night."

But the lord said to him, What are you doing here, Elijah?

Elijah replied, I have zealously served the lord God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.

Go out and stand before me on the mountain, the lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.
And a voice said, What are you doing here, Elijah?
~1 Kings 19:9-13 NLT

Elijah had just witnessed the power and strength of His God.  Fire fell from Heaven and burned up the sacrifice, the altar, and all the water surrounding the altar.  The false prophets were destroyed and their god revealed as fake.  What an amazing victory!  Yet now Elijah is afraid, running for his life, and hiding in a cave.

Have you ever been in a cave?   Are you living in one now?

Caves are dark.  Things that we would never be afraid of during the day seem terrifying in the dark.  We hear things in the dark we dont even notice when it is light.  Darkness amplifies our fears.

Caves offer poor reception.  Have you ever tried to use your cell phone in a cave?  Its hard to call for help when you cant get a signal. 

Everything seems louder in a cave.  Sound waves reflect off the walls and repeat back to the listener, seemingly louder each time. 

God is calling you to come out of the cave.  Stand before Him on the mountain and listen for His gentle whisper.  Hes closer than you think.  

Many Blessings,

PS - I know my header is missing.  If you're focused on that, then you're missing the point.  ;)