'I am the Lord your God (…) who directs you in the way you should go.’ Isaiah 48:17b
Elijah, the man of God, had been sent to Mount Carmel to return the wayward people to the Lord. God had revealed Himself powerfully by answering with fire, and Elijah had been part of it (1 Kings 18:16-40). And yet now, the prophet had to flee into the wilderness to save his life. How is this possible?
We often would like to witness great miracles to see our faith confirmed, but the despondency of Elijah teaches us that witnessing great miracles is no guarantee for the genuineness of our faith. Especially when God has blessed us, the evil one tries to distract us from the Lord, to confuse us by focusing our attention on ourselves. What we need, is meeting the Lord Himself. When we look at the circumstances, we lose heart, just like Elijah (1 Kings 19:4). But God in His great love revealed Himself to Elijah, so that the prophet fixed his eyes on the Lord again.
And once again we see that God is not to be found in the things we call magnificent. God is not to be found in the great and powerful wind, in the earthquake or in the fire, but in the gentle whisper. That means we should seek quietness if we want to meet the Lord. We must take the time to love Him, and we cannot do so when we are preoccupied with ourselves.
When God becomes supreme ruler in our life, often the circumstances do not change, but we see them in a new light. The problems still remain, but they do not determine our life anymore. Instead, God does, Who time and again will provide an often surprising way out (1 Corinthians 10:13).