Today’s story is from 1 Kings 19.
After Elijah showed everyone God’s power (chapter 17/18), with the fire on the altar, the people were sorry for worshipping pretend gods (idols). BUT, the wicked queen, Queen Jezebel was NOT sorry. In fact, she was angry! She wanted to kill Elijah!
Elijah ran away and was ready to die! But God sent an angel to give Elijah food and then he felt better. He hid in a cave and God talked to him.
“What are you doing here?” God asked him. (God already knows why Elijah is hiding, but He likes to know what we are thinking, He likes when we talk to Him.
Elijah said, “I have been really good at telling the people your words. I have tried really hard to get rid of all the pretend gods…but the people who don’t like you are trying to kill me!”
God told Elijah to go stand outside the cave, because He was going to come by.
Now God is BIG! He can do ANYTHING! Elijah probably thought God was going to be big and bright and powerful! And soon, a great BIG wind came by (probably like a tornado) and it messed up all the rocks around the cave…but God was not there.
Then there was big earthquake…surely THIS was God, but no.
Then there was a fire! (Remember when God talked to Moses in the fiery bush?) But God was not in the fire this time.
After all those big, crazy things…there was a gentle wind and God whispered to Elijah.
He told Elijah to go back and pick a new king for Israel and to find a man named Elisha who would be Elijah’s helper and the next prophet. (Elisha could learn from Elijah how to be a good prophet and tell the people what God wanted them to know.)
Sometimes when we talk to God, He uses BIG things to show us how big and mighty He is. Sometimes, when we pray…if we are quiet, He will whisper to our hearts. Even though God is bigger than everything, and He can do ANYTHING, He is also close to us. He knows us, He loves us and He is close, living right in your heart if you ask Him to.
Thanks for joining us today. Love to you all!