Standing by himself, he tugged at his clothing trying somehow to just disappear. Abandoned and alone, fear choked out faith and depression robbed him of reason. He had fled a defeated foe and was hiding from an imagined fate. He was running from the Queen. The prophet of old was hiding in a cave.
The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 1:27-28, “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:”
God is still in control. Goliath was felled by a small boy with a sling shot. The innumerable Midianite host was confounded by 300 men armed with water pitchers, lamps, and trumpets.
The Bible records in 2 Kings 5, that there was a captain of the Syrian army by the name of Naaman. He was great man and an honorable man, but he was also a leper. “And the Syrians had gone out by companies and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman’s wife,” 2 Kings 5:2. It was this little maid that had a testimony about a prophet in Israel that resulted in the King of Syria writing a letter to the King of Israel and a grizzled, war veteran finding God in a muddy river. If God had allowed these things to happen any other way, flesh would have taken credit for the miraculous but when it’s a little maid, a pitcher and a trumpet, or a rock hurled from a sling shot – only God gets the glory.
Thank God for the small things. God has a purpose. He has a purpose for our lives. Elijah stepped from the darkness of the cave into a catastrophic event. Wind rent the mountains and break them, but God was not in the wind. An earthquake followed on the heels of the windstorm, but God was not in the earthquake. A fire followed the earthquake, but God was not in the fire. Elijah’s situation was still the same. But the Bible records in I Kings 19: 12, “…and after the fire a still small voice.” It was in that still, small voice that Elijah received direction…it was where he found his answers.
The devil isn’t going to win. God is interested in the small things that have happened to you. He is interested in the small things that nobody knows about. God wants you to know simply that He’s got you. God has just started what He is going to do in your life. God can and will take care of your needs.
I was pastoring a small church in Texas. Times were tough. We were struggling to make the bills as a church. My wife and I sold peanut brittle and the whole family cleaned a graveyard just to pay for the church’s insurance. One day when I was discouraged and down, I had walked outside and leaned against the back of the church. I prayed that day for God to allow me just to get a job and simply sit on a pew. But God spoke to me and I looked down – at my feet was a small, brightly colored bird. God spoke to me and said that He had stood where I was just a few minutes ago. The scripture flooded my mind, Matthew 10:29, 31 NIV “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? …not one of them will fall to the ground outside of your Father’s care…So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” God let me know that He hadn’t forgotten about me and He hasn’t forgotten about you. Large doors swing open on small hinges. I’m praying for you. God loves you. God’s got this.