At that moment, the Lord passed by. A great and mighty wind was tearing at the mountains and was shattering cliffs 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 there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was a voice, a soft whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.
Suddenly, a voice came to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
“I have been very zealous for the Lord God of Armies,” he replied, “but the Israelites have abandoned your covenant, torn down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they’re looking for me to take my life.”
Then the Lord said to him, “Go and return by the way you came to the Wilderness of Damascus. When you arrive, you are to anoint Hazael as king over Aram. You are to anoint Jehu son of Nimshi as king over Israel and Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel-meholah as prophet in your place. Then Jehu will put to death whoever escapes the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death whoever escapes the sword of Jehu. But I will leave seven thousand in Israel—every knee that has not bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him.”1 Kings 19:11b-18
“I’m all alone.” Elijah had reached the point of believing there was no one serving Yahweh left in Israel. He seemed to easily forget that the people had just repented en mass for their idolatry, even if the royal class still persisted in their rebellion and plotted revenge. In Elijah’s eyes, the situation was bleak.
The situation was not bleak, though, and Elijah was not alone. God gave him the plan moving ahead. He was to anoint successors for the king of Aram, Ahab of Israel, and himself. God was setting the stage for the end of the reign of Ahab. In the midst of all this, he assured Elijah that there were seven thousand people in Israel who had not bowed their knee to Ba’al. God’s kingdom would go on even as Ahab’s kingdom was coming to a close. This was the assurance that Yahweh gave Elijah.
As we look at the world around us, we can often feel like Elijah. No matter which political party is in power, it’s hard to believe there is anyone who still has the Kingdom of God as their priority. Everyone seems focused on self-preservation and power. Still, God assures us that there are others who have not abandoned His Kingdom. We need to listen to His voice to know how to find them.
- Are you carefully listening to the voice of the Spirit to guide you to those who are equally committed to the Kingdom of God?