If you’ve ever read the book Men Are from Mars, Women are from Venus,* you understand about men becoming cave-dwellers at times. We ladies would rather talk about a problem to a friend; however, a man tends to retreat, much like Elijah.
In I Kings, chapter 18, we find Elijah on a mountain top experience. He has a showdown with the prophets of Baal on which God answers by fire. Not only does fire fall from heaven and consume the sacrifice, but Elijah also slays the prophets. In chapter 19, King Ahab goes to Jezebel, his wife, and she threatens to kill Elijah. Now he is ready to die and hides in a cave, thinking he is the only one serving God.
“What doest thou here, Elijah,” said God. Elijah proceeded to talk to God. In my words, he said, “I have been on fire for you. I have fought against all evil for your name’s sake. Everyone else has given up, and what do I get? They are out to kill me. I’m just going to stay in my cave until I figure this out.”
Can I tell you, you will never figure God out. He may speak to your heart; you may have an excellent relationship, but “…his ways are past finding out.” (Romans 11:33)
God told him to go forth and stand on the mountain. (That is to say, “Get out of your cave!”) He saw the wind break the rocks, the earthquake, and the fire. Yet God didn’t move like Elijah thought He should. He was in that still small voice.
It would do us well to turn off the music, TV, and cell phone. God is still speaking in that still small voice. Get out of your cave. Look, listen, seek; there might very well be three anointings waiting for you.
*Gray, J. (2009). Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. HarperCollins