There are few figures throughout biblical history who intrigue me as much as Elijah. Can you imagine what it was like when he challenged the priests of Baal to a duel? "You call on your god, and I'll call on mine; we'll see which god is real." And the priests of Baal go crazy trying to get their false god to respond. Then Elijah pours water all over his altar and calls on Yahweh one time. Fire ignites from heaven and sucks up the water while setting the altar ablaze. Wow! There had to have been a sinking feeling in the stomachs of each person there – a feeling that recognized that they had been worshiping the wrong deity all along. What do you do at that point? How do you respond? They responded by falling on their faces and proclaiming that the Lord is God. How often do we do that? How often do we recognize the greatness of our God? I would like to be like Elijah. But Elijah was not without his faults. He went from a serious mountain top experience to the depths of despair as he fear for his life. God reminded Elijah that He is not always found in the mighty wind, a tragic earthquake, or a pillar of fire from heaven. God is, in fact, sometimes found in a still, small voice. It was in that voice that the Lord spoke to Elijah. So often we want fire and earthquakes and tempests. God reminds us, however, that He does not always use the highly emotional things of life to get our attention. Sometimes He just wants us to quietly listen to and walk with Him.
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Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.