He had been running fast, and he had been running far. The prophet Elijah was running for his life. King Ahab’s wife, Jezebel, vowed to kill Elijah after an amazing display of God’s power over the prophets of the idol Baal. Elijah, no doubt, felt completely alone and discouraged. His life must have felt like a whirlwind, and he felt he just couldn’t go on anymore. “It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, ” He pleaded (I Kings 19:4).
Instead, God brought Elijah to a mountain where Elijah experienced a powerful wind, an earthquake and a fire, but God was not in any of these things. It wasn’t until Elijah heard the still small voice that He knew God was there with him.
In those times of turmoil, fear and discouragement, God is our source of strength and calm. Remember He is there, right beside you, through the chaos of life. It is our inclination to focus on the huge struggles that are making a mess of our lives, but that is the time we need to remind ourselves to look to God. It is true that God often does not take away the challenges of life, but He does give us the strength and ability to handle those challenges. Find a place where you can hear His still small voice. It is then that you can know His peace and comfort, and regain the strength that can only come from Him.