God tells Elijah to go stand on the mountain because the Lord is about to pass by. A wind so great that the mountains and rocks are split in two. But God is not in the wind. After the wind, an earthquake. But God is not in the earthquake. After the earthquake, a fire storm. But God is not in the fire. After the fire, a sheer silence. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. God was in the silence.
Elijah had witnessed God in the fire from heaven. He had seen God do dramatic things. He knew God as power. But now when all he is left with is his own doubts and fears, Elijah meets God in the still small voice. Here is the thing: Sometimes when we are at our lowest, God speaks the softest. God says to Elijah, “I am here. I will not leave you. I will not forsake you.” When we are in a place of doubt and fear or exhausted and burned out, we don’t need the volume turned up and the power demonstrated. What we need is the quiet reminder that God is with us.
“Be still, and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10).