Elijah stepped from the greatest moment of spiritual success. He’d confronted the evil of King Ahab, and through a mighty miracle from Heaven, God revealed Himself to everyone present in a way that no one could deny.
Then Elijah climbed atop a mountain and prayed for God to end a three-year drought. Again, in miraculous fashion, God heard Elijah’s prayer and brought a rainstorm that ended the supernatural drought.
At this point, we’d expect Elijah to be reveling in God’s might and filling the air with thankful praise. Instead, the prophet is running for his life, fearful of a threat made against him. Elijah’s despair overwhelms him. This man, who only a day earlier had prayed and fire came out of Heaven and then prayed again so that a drought ended, crawled under a bush in the wilderness and prayed, “I have had enough, LORD,” he said. “Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died.” (1 Kings 19:4, NLT).
Elijah forgot the greatness of God in the midst of his circumstance.
As Elijah waited, he had a revelation of the greatness and majesty of God, reviving his faith (1 Kings 19:11-12). It’s difficult, when you’re laying under a bush in despair, maybe evening wanting to die, to hold patiently in faith and wait for God; but when you do, God reveals Himself anew, reviving the spirit and refreshing the soul. That still small voice is ever speaking, reminding you, Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10).
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 and earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 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).