Stillness

11 Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.
— 1 Kings 19:11-12

Elijah saw God in the grand, miraculous works He did. 

He had just shown Israel that God is the true God and destroyed the false prophets, and then prayed for rain after 3 years of drought. The fire fell from heaven and rain soaked the earth. Elijah knew God's power. 

But I wonder if he knew God's safety and security, His intimacy. Although Elijah appeared fearless, he ran away at the first sign of a death threat because he believed he was alone. How many times have we experienced victory and then gave into temptation or fear? 

So he journeyed alone into the wilderness, to a mountain where God displayed His power. But God wasn't IN these displays. He was in the still, small voice. I believe God was showing Elijah where to find His heart and where to find security--not just His power. 

Security isn't found in power but in intimacy. It's found in love. In the place where everything else is quieted and it's just you and God; and you can pour out your heart to Him; that's where His security lies. That's where He can speak to your heart. 

More than just comfort, God assured Elijah that he wasn't alone. It wasn't just Elijah facing the world and trying to turn Israel back to God. God promised there would always be a remnant. This was no measly handful of people serving God, He had 4,000 people reserved for Himself! Elijah was not alone. 

You are not alone. You're secure, upheld by a God who is capable of the greatest power and the greatest love. 

Take moments to hear His still, small voice and you will know Him in a deeper way. Take notice of the people around you who have been strategically placed in your life.