1 Kings 19 KJV
9 ¶ And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?
10 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks 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.
· God was not found in the violent wind of the great tornado. Loud noises and lies masquerade as God and try to look like Him.
· God was not found in the destructive strength of the earthquake.
· God was not found in the turmoil of the raging fire.
· Elijah found his comfort and direction in the still small voice of God.
The lies of the devil loom loud in the ears of the listener masquerading as the voice and the power of God. However, loud lies cannot drown out the quiet and everlasting Truth. God does not have to be loud to be God!
1 Peter 5
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
8 ¶ Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Verse 10: But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, settle you.
o The unearned and undeserved favor and ability of God is all we can depend on … we can depend on and trust in nothing else.
o His grace is sufficient
o Paul’s thorn (2 Corinthians 12:9)
· Suffered a while
o Greek: Suffered a little – small both in time or in degree
§ Time cannot be compared to eternity
§ Degree cannot be compared to the weight of glory
· Make you perfect
o Psalms 138:8 The Lord will perfect that which concerns me …
o 2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall establish you and keep you from evil.
o Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.
o Matthew 7:24 "Therefore, whosoever heareth these sayings of Mine and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, who built his house upon a rock.
Verse 11: To Him give glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.