Chapter 15 of The Story briefly covers four of Israel's prophets (Elijah, Elisha, Hosea, and Amos). Israel had turned from God. But true to form, God continued his relentless quest to restore and reconcile them to right relationship with him. In order to do this, God sent prophets. These messengers sought to turn the people back to God by reminding them of His Story and of their own history. They reminded them of all that God had done for them and reminded them of God's promises and warnings. And the prophets also frequently spoke "truth to power." Elijah, arguably one of Israel's greatest prophets, may hold the world record in going from amazing success to failure. In one chapter he is seen being used by God to defeat the prophets of Baal. And in the very next chapter, despite the awesome power God had demonstrated through Elijah, we read that Elijah was running for his life, afraid and depressed. Having all but given up hope Elijah no longer even wants to live. But God seeks him out, provides him with rest and nourishment. And so Elijah goes to the Mountain of God -- the very same mountain on which Moses had met with God -- and there hides in a cave. It is there that God asks him, "What are you doing hear, Elijah?" Elijah responds in self pity. God calls Elijah to come out of the cave as God's presence will be passing by. But Elijah remains in hiding. There's a tremendous wind. But it says that God was not in the wind. There was an earthquake. But God was not in the earthquake. There was a raging fire. But, you guessed it, God was not in the fire. Instead, Elijah understood that God was in the small gentle whisper of a a breeze. And so Elijah emerged from the cave. Again God asked him the same question and Elijah responded with the exact same answer. It seems like Elijah had somehow forgotten that God is in charge ... he had forgotten God's mighty power. God then makes it clear to Elijah that he is not yet through with him. How about you? Why are you here? What may God be seeking to tell you? Is God asking you, "Can you hear me now?"

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