Psalm 125: A mountain can withstand a storm’s fury standing tall and erect, yet from a spoken word from the God of the universe, the rocks can tumble forth. The psalmist recalls a time when it seemed like life’s troubles, like tumbling rocks, came calling. The nation was experiencing all of the dangers the evil one would or could plan against them. They needed a reminder that “if” they trusted in the LORD, they would know He is both deliverer and the creator of heaven and earth.
The prophet Elijah had to learn that valuable lesson, and he learned in a mountain cave 40 days after he ran away from his victory at Mt. Carmel.
Like us, Elijah was sure he knew God on Mt. Carmel. However, when Jezebel sent a scathing message of imminent death, he fell into depression and ran away. Sound like us? Satan likes to send us into a dither right after a victory. After running forty days, Elijah found himself in a mountain cave where he heard God’s voice. “What are you doing here, Elijah?” But, God’s voice was not in an earthquake or wind but the still soft, whisper of God. In the same way, God speaks to us in His Word not in a storm but in His quiet whisper.
Have you just experienced a victory? Be on guard, Satan is ready for the attack.
Did you ever stop to think that as long as you are speaking, God doesn’t need to? It is the same way in human conversations. If we are talking the other person has to be silent unless they interrupt. That is what we call a “no-no.” As we blather on about this and that, the other person’s eyes glaze over and inside they are wondering when we will just be quiet and listen to them! It is the same way with God but Job hasn’t learned that yet. So let’s drop in on Job’s most recent conversation which takes up four full chapters! (Job 28-31–I encourage you to stop here and read them.) Here’s the principle you want to glean ahead of your reading. Look and listen for that!
Job: wisdom is not something you can purchase or find by digging beneath the earth. You can search for it but it is only found when you submit to God in fearful reverence. If you want to have understanding, shun and turn away from evil. Pretty simple thoughts yet people today as then reject that simplicity in favor of digging, buying, storing up in hopes of understanding the answer to Pilate’s question; “what is truth?”
Finally, Job speaks with words of self-vindication; I have done all I can to be found as a man of integrity. Thus I rest my case before the Lord God Almighty.
As Ray Stedman points out; our self-vindication explains the silence of God. As long as we continue to justify ourselves God does not need to answer. He is waiting for us to ‘be ye still and know that I am God.’ So now as Ch. 31 comes to a close God is ready to enter the scene …ah …but not yet. There is yet another character that will enter this group of men to add his “2 cents.” Tomorrow we will listen in on his thoughts to see if he has any more to say that will unearth the why answer. Until then, may we be quiet before Him so we can hear His still small voice.