• The Elijah Enigma

    10 April, 2016

    If ever there is an archetypal prophet, an enigma to the common mind, a man given to a roller-coaster faith - it must be Elijah.

    He erupts in the Scriptures from mountainous Gilead only briefly. Elijah then disappears with an equal pace.

    This man of pensive passion still scrambles for my attention to this day, for none have achieved as he.

    Utterly exhausted from victory over the prophets of Baal and Asherah, and defeating King Ahab's chariot in a foot race, he then received a death threat from Ahab's wicked wife, Queen Jezebel. Elijah understandably fled.

    His flight first takes him to the wilderness. Subsequently with divine intervention, to a cave on Mt Sinai. In his distress he bemoans both his existence and God's activity. It is then that Elijah hears from God.

    After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" (1 Kings 19:12-13)

    It was when Elijah stopped running from life's noises and threats, when he chose to be still he was able to hear, for again he was in God's presence.

    Be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10a)

    I want the presence of God Himself ... I want all that God has or I don't want any. ~ A.W. Tozer

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    "Righteousness will always prevail, evil (unrighteousness) cannot defeat righteousness."

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    (This entire narrative is found in 1 Kings 18-19)