Elijah had just put to shame all of the prophets of Baal with a stunning display of God’s power. He called for rain and a three year drought ended. And when all of this was over, what do you think Elijah did? Celebrate? Go to Disney? No, he fell into depression and wished for death.
It’s often after our biggest wins for the Lord, the enemy’s voice is the loudest:
After being created in His image, came the temptation to question God’s goodness.
After 40 days of fasting, came the temptation to take a shortcut to accomplish His mission rather than endure the cross.
After successfully leading Israel, came the temptation to take advantage of a young married woman.
After being set free from bondage, came the temptation to return.
I had an Elijah experience. Friday night, after seeing a dream come true, came the voice of the enemy. The voice that said you are not good enough. The voice said you are a fraud. The voice said you are wasting people’s time and money. But in the midst of the discouraging voices, was His still small voice. It was not necessarily encouraging. More like the way He spoke to Elijah. More like, “What are you doing? Get up and be who I called you to be. Do what I called you to do.”
The enemy is constantly speaking, spreading lies and accusations, sowing seeds of discouragement and discontentment. But God is constantly talking as well. He is speaking truth and grace. He is giving us direction and reminding us of who we are. But for some reason, like me Friday night, we sometimes hear and believe the lies of the enemy easier than the truth of God.
We must learn to discern the voice of the Lord and allow His still small voice to roar in our ears and our mind. We must amplify His voice and learn to mute the enemy’s voice. God may be in the fire. He may be in the earthquake but most often, He is in the still small voice inviting us to come sit in His lap, quiet ourselves and listen.
I will be teaching at Hope tonight on how to discern between my voice, His voice, and the enemy’s. And how to amplify His voice while muting the enemy’s. Join us tonight at 7:00 pm.
“The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 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 19:11-13 NIV